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« on: June 25, 2020, 11:54:39 PM »

Hi all been living in Greece for the last five years and haven't really kept up with rules and regs and changes !! Anyhow my apartment became empty in March and now the letting agency  has only just found a tenant at last .Not their fault but the corona virus of course !!! Anyhow they say they now want a fee of 80 pound (96 with VAT )to do an inventory  and a 150 pounds to test all the electrical connections and issue an electrical safety certifcate! is the par for the course now and about the average charged?( Bournemouth area).My letting agency has told me the electrics nead testing every five years and the comes in on the 1st of July 2020! So therefore it does not need doing until 2025 or am i wrong? Most probably! Are these fees about   the normal charged by letting agencies in the Bournemouth area?   
« Last Edit: June 25, 2020, 11:58:00 PM by OuterMongolia »
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2020, 12:11:07 AM »

If it's any help I got an email just today from my agent: EICR (electrical inspection and a report on the condition of the property) is 225 and PAT is 115 both VAT inclusive. They didn't mention who or what PAT is and why he/she costs 115. The property is Manchester area.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2020/9780111191934


« Last Edit: June 26, 2020, 12:20:32 AM by Spiny Norman »
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2020, 10:53:52 AM »

PAT is one of the most unnecessary people I've ever come across. Avoid her. Best done by not providing PAs. But PAT is not mandatory for non-HMO properties.

For the OP... you might as well bite the bullet on the EICR... sliding 150 out to 2025 isn't going to make you feel all that much better... at least you start your new tenancy on the best foot. Attempt a PMA approach for this. Some Landlords have been doing EICRs for years already... some out of a selfless responsible level of care for their Tenants, some out of enlightened self-interest (coverage) and some because they'd been hoodwinked by people (usually Agents) letting them infer it was a requirement. I once had a big Agent (who done Tenant Find for me) argue tooth-and-nail about it being my responsibility to either a) provide them a copy (why?) or b) pay them to do it for me (why?)... they got nothing in the end.

They did get me back, though... as they changed the electricity supplier out from under my nose (they have that power / ability it seems!) to some outlier company and got a kickback in the process... took me 7 weeks to get it changed away.
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