As property specialists acting for purchasing clients and mortgage lenders one of our many tasks is ensuring that all of the relevant certificates are in place for all home improvements and installations at the property.

There are numerous types of compliance certificates and governing bodies;

  • Fensa – for replacement windows and glazed doors
  • Gas Safe – for gas boilers and fires
  • Hetas – for solid fuel domestic heating appliances
  • NIceic – for electrical contractors
  • Environmental permits – septic tanks
  • MCS – solar panels
  • NHBC – for newly built property

Whilst your conveyancer will make sure the right certificates are in place for your property, to meet your lenders requirements, this may not always offer you the type of protection you would expect as not all governing bodies have the powers to discipline members, offer compensation payments or take enforcement action. This is something prospective buyers must consider and should take on the concept of CAVEAT EMPTOR or BUYER BEWARE which prevails in English property law, the onus being with the buyer to make all relevant and prudent enquiries.

Your conveyancer will obtain the certificate if its available, together with any supporting guarantee, the warning to all prospective purchasers is to check the scope and extent of those certificates and the protection they may or may not offer you!

For help or advice with your property purchase or sale, contact the conveyancing experts at Ringrose Law. We have offices in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Sleaford, Spalding and Newark or call Lorraine on 01529 301300 to find out more

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