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Do sellers provide the gas and electricity safety certificate?

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Question

I’m about to put my apartment on the market. Do I need to provide a gas and electricity safety certificate when selling?

Answer

As a Vendor, you are not required by law to provide the purchaser with a Gas Safety Certificate or an Electrical Safety Certificate. You are required to provide a Gas Safety Certificate if you intend to let the property and must do this annually.

The NICEIC recommend 10 yearly inspections of all domestic wiring installations or upon change of ownership whichever occurs sooner, but the onus for this is usually placed on the buyer not the seller and is usually a recommendation made in most Homebuyer & Building Survey reports. So the purchaser may bounce it back to the seller!

If there have been any alterations or additions to the electrical installation since January 1st 2005, the seller must however obtain a Part P Building Regulation Certificate and this should be passed to the purchaser. All electrical alterations, even minor works, are now covered by Part P and must be either certified by the installing electrician or inspected and approved by Building Control at the Local Authority. 

Gavin Scott-Brooker

Gavin Scott-Brooker

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Comments (2)

  • LORETTE HOLBORN

    posted on 23 Mar 2016

    A nice clear explanation. Thank you.

    Judith Jenkins

    posted on 18 Mar 2017

    This was really helpful. My buyers solicitors have said that I must provide these and now I know that that is not the case. Thank you.

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