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« on: August 09, 2020, 08:45:06 PM »

Hello again,

I'm currently in the process of purchasing a buy to let, and have just have my home buyers report back. This part has caused a bit of concern for me:

G1: No evidence of test certificate for the electrical system.
G4 No evidence of a test certificate for the heating system.
G5 No evidence of a test certificate for the hot water heating system.

I asked the estate agent if the seller could provide evidence for these, but she said if I want evidence I'll have to do the checks myself. Is this correct?

They also said the electrics is currently on a prepaid meter (which I wasn't made aware of before) and said I can go round and check to see if the electrics work myself.

Does anyone know if I were to pay to get a professional to do the above certified checks, whether I'll be able to use these once I'm a registered landlord? OR will I have to do these again once I'm an official registered landlord?

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2020, 09:28:44 AM »

What is an official registered Landlord? Who are you registering with, officially?

You can use any certificates you get during the purchasing for your Landlording purposes, yes... you don't need everything listed here, your Conveyancer is covering all bases... but, even so, I would probably push back on the Vendor for at least G1, just to be annoying... and tell them to get it done before you'll proceed. I have done exactly this (in the scenario where a new consumer board had been put in by a Property Developer, so it might not be the same kind of scenario as you - remember, these things aren't requirements for home owners) and, guess what?, a few days later an Electrical Certificate was with me... hurriedly done... but, still... I didn't pay for it.

You can go around and check the electrics work yourself... but the exercise isn't very valuable... most people would expect the electrics to work... it doesn't help with the certificate side of things.

A home owner doesn't need to do any of these things... a Landlord does, some... the fact you're a Landlord buying a property is neither here nor there to the Vendor... but you can make them care (if you're so minded).
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2020, 09:25:00 AM »

Thank you, I have pushed back! Fingers crossed.
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