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Do You Need An Electrical Certificate To Sell A House? 

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Before putting your home up for sale in the real estate market, it is essential to make sure all the paperwork is in order. An important document you need is an Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC).

This serves as proof that the electrical installation in the property meets the building regulations and is necessary to sell your house – selling without an EIC is illegal.

In this article, we provide answers to some of the most crucial questions you may have about an EIC when you want to sell your house. We cover topics such as why you need an EIC, what it entails, how to get one, and more.

We also guide how to ensure you make an informed decision. With this information, you can make sure you have all the tools and resources you need to make the selling process go as smoothly as possible.

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Have you recently made alterations to electrics in your house?

Any additions or alterations made to your house after 2005 must comply with Part P of the Building Regulations, whether done by yourself or a professional.

This applies to full or partial rewires, as well as any other electrical installations. It doesn’t matter if it’s an extension, a new home or an alteration, Part P must be adhered to.

What Is An Electrical Certificate?

In the UK, you may have heard the term “electrical certificate” which usually refers to an EICR. This is a document that shows all the electrical installations on your property are safe and comply with legal regulations.

It can also be called a PIR, or Periodic Inspection Report, or an EIC, which stands for Electrical Installation Certificate.

An EIC is issued by a registered electrician after a new electrical installation or major electrical works in an existing property has been completed. It is a legal document confirming the installation was designed, inspected, and tested according to electrical regulations.

It contains information about the electrician/contractor responsible for the installation, details of the installation (location and description), and results of the inspection and testing procedures.

An EICR, on the other hand, is a document that assesses the safety and condition of an existing electrical installation. It is conducted at regular intervals – usually every 1 to 5 years depending on the property type and its use.

The report is created by a qualified electrician who inspects and tests the electrical installations to check for defects, damage, wear and tear, or non-compliance with regulations.

The report provides a comprehensive electrical system assessment, highlighting any faults, potential risks, and recommendations for remedial actions. Its main purpose is to ensure the safety and compliance of the electrical installation throughout its lifespan.

Do You Need An Electrical Certificate To Sell A House?
An EIC is issued by a registered electrician after a new electrical installation or major electrical works in an existing property has been completed.

Why do you need an EIC and why does the legislation matter?

According to LABC, any electrical work done on a property must be certified and an EIC issued within 30 days of completion. Failing to meet this condition is a violation of the local authority’s regulations and can result in one being forced to redo, remove or alter the work. Additionally, a fine may be imposed.

The regulation governing electrical works was put in place to protect homeowners from any risk of injury. This is articulated in Part P of the regulation, which requires realistic provisions to be made for the design and installation of electrical installations to protect people working on or around them from harm or fire.

In 2013, the regulations were revised to reduce the range of work that needs to be reported to the local building control.

Not all electrical work requires notification. Some examples of installations that are exempt from the revision include a new cooker, a new plug socket in the kitchen, or new security lights outdoors.

Notification is still required for some other kinds of electrical work, such as replacing a fuse box, installing a new electrical circuit (regardless of voltage, including 230V or less), or making alterations or additions to an existing circuit in special locations such as the shower room, bathroom, sauna heater or swimming pool.

If alterations or additions are made to a shower or bathroom, a notification is only necessary if the work is performed within 600mm of the shower or bath.

It is important to provide a notification in such cases, as the work may have an impact on the safety and functionality of the shower or bathroom.

What if I do not have documentation proving electrical work met the set standards?

It is impossible to prove that the work met the required standards if:

  • The work was completed recently but never documented by LABC.
  • The work was completed before 2005 when completion certificates were not a requirement, therefore no documentation exists.
  • Your certification documents are lost or misplaced.

It is impossible to obtain a completion certificate retrospectively, as the building regulation officers must inspect the work from the beginning. You can ask the local building control office for a copy of the certificate if one was never issued.

However, if you are not sure the work was signed off, it is best to approach the local authority with caution.

According to LABC, any electrical work done on a property must be certified and an EIC issued within 30 days of completion. Failing to meet this condition is a violation of the local authority’s regulations and can result in one being forced to redo, remove or alter the work.
It is impossible to obtain a completion certificate retrospectively, as the building regulation officers must inspect the work from the beginning.

What do you need to do if you want to sell your house but don’t have the completion certificate?

Don’t worry if you’re trying to sell your house but don’t have the necessary electricity paperwork that proves your property meets Building Regulations.

You can look online to see if you can download a copy. If the certificate was issued when the work was done, you can easily get a digital version from the NICEIC website.

In the absence of these options, you should consider one of the following:  

  1. Electrical Installation
  2. Condition Report (EICR),
  3. Retrospective Certification,
  4. Indemnity Insurance
  5. Redoing the work.

An electrician certified under Part P of the Building Regulations can conduct an EICR. This survey assesses the condition of the electrical installation in your home and may be accepted by the local authority as proof of compliance instead of an EIC.

If the work was not certified when it was completed, you can contact the electrician who did it and have them certify it retrospectively. Certification should still be valid, even if it was done more than 30 days ago.

Indemnity insurance can be taken out during the conveyancing process if your solicitor identifies an issue.

This insurance will cover any costs you incur if the local authority orders the electrical work to be reverted to its prior state, as well as any loss in the value of the property. It is best to check for an indemnity policy in advance, as conveyancing solicitors often request one.

If the original electrician cannot provide an EIC, you may have to get the job redone and certify it. The electrician will advise you on the steps to take to make sure the work complies with regulations.

Note that indemnity policies can only be taken out after 12 months of the work’s completion, which is the time frame the local authority has to issue a notice due to a lack of building regulations.

Why You Need to Take Appropriate Measures Now?

Any delay in conveyancing can be very irritating for both parties. Although it is unlikely that the buyer will back out due to the absence of the EIC, any issues related to the resolution of the issue may cause further problems.

For example, the buyer may be tempted to search for another property or renegotiate due to any changes in the market.

To avoid any issues, it is recommended to contact your solicitor at the earliest opportunity. This gives you enough time to not only discuss but also to solve any potential problems.

If you decide to opt for indemnity insurance, your solicitor should suggest it in your offer to pay for the insurance at the same time.

Why do you need one to sell a house?

If you’re selling a house, you’ll want to ensure potential buyers that the electrical system is up to code and safe. An electrical certificate can provide this assurance and may even make your home more attractive to buyers.

It’s wise to get an electrical certificate regardless of whether it’s required by law in your area.

How to get an electrical certificate
To obtain an electrical certificate, you should contact a licensed electrician.

How to get an electrical certificate?

To obtain an electrical certificate, you should contact a licensed electrician. They will inspect the electrical system and issue a certificate if everything is up to standard. If any repairs are needed, the electrician can complete them before giving the certificate.

What if you don’t have one?

If you don’t have an electrical certificate, you may still be able to sell your house. You must inform potential buyers and their lenders that there is no certificate, and they may require a home inspection to make sure the electrical system is up to code.

You may need to make repairs to the electrical system before the sale can be finalized.

What electrical documentation do you need to sell your house?

You need to have two certificates if electrical work was done by a registered electrician. These are:

  • Building Regulations Compliance Certificate, which confirms the work meets the Building Regulations, and the Electrician Installation Certificate (EIC).
  • Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate verifying that the work follows BS 7671. The local building control body needs these documents as well.

For electrical work done after 2013, and if it was done by yourself or someone without a professional registration, the work needs to be checked by a registered third-party certifier within five days of completion.

If this check is successful, the certifier will issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report and provide you with a copy.

What electrical documentation do you need to sell your house
When selling a house, an electrical certificate is essential for safety and to show potential buyers that the property is well taken care of.

Conclusion

When selling a house, an electrical certificate is essential for safety and to show potential buyers that the property is well taken care of. Qualified electricians can provide this certificate and it will demonstrate that all necessary standards are met.

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