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Do sellers provide the gas and electricity safety certificate?

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


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 (6)


    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.

    Rebecca Ogden

    posted on 21 Aug 2017

    How do I get a Part P certificate?

    Reallymoving response

    Hi Rebecca,
    You need to get a Part P registered electrician, and any work they do is covered by the certificate. 
    They will then be able to provide you with compliance documentation if you are trying to sell your home.

    Many thanks,

    Jacqueline Johnson

    posted on 6 Mar 2018

    Thank you this is extremely helpful to me ...


    posted on 11 Jan 2019

    I am selling my house the buyers lawyer has asked for a gas safety Certificate and for the epc to be improved by 2% - Do I need to provide a gas safety certificate when selling? The buyer knows the boiler needs to be replaced, and once boiler is replaced then the epc will % will improve. By law do I need to do these two things?

    Angela Lock

    posted on 10 May 2020

    Hi I'm buying a bungalow does the vendor have to pay to get the boiler checked before signing

    Reallymoving response

    Both the EPC and whichever survey you decide to go for will be able to give you more information about the boiler.

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