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What is a FENSA Certificate and do I need one to sell my property?

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Selling a property can be a daunting task, so it’s important to take your time when going through the process. Ensure all your paperwork and certificates are to meet the requirements of selling a home, and that you have a FENSA certificate.

If you’ve ever bought, sold, or rented a property before, you’ll probably be familiar with this. Here’s a guide to help you.

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What is a FENSA Certificate?

FENSA stands for the Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme. It was established in April 2002 to ensure that construction companies complied with building regulations related to the installation of doors and windows.

These regulations require that double-glazed windows, doors, or roof lights meet FENSA standards as well as certain thermal performance standards.

The certificate also confirms that the installers of doors and windows are competent, which means they meet the building requirements.

How long does a FENSA certificate last?

A FENSA certificate is valid for as long as the doors and windows it applies to. It doesn’t move when people do; it stays with the property. It shows that the doors and windows in your property were fitted correctly.

What is a FENSA Certificate and do I need one to sell my property
A FENSA certificate is valid for as long as the doors and windows it applies to.

Why do you need a FENSA Certificate?

It’s quite simple: you can’t sell a property without a FENSA certificate or a Building Regulations certificate for any windows replaced since 1st April 2002.

It’s illegal to install double glazing without a Building Regulations certificate, and there could be fines or even prosecution for non-compliance. So, it’s important to adhere to the proper building regulations.

How to get a FENSA Certificate?

You should always select an installer who is a member of the FENSA scheme to install your doors and windows.

Upon completion of the work, they will provide you with a certificate copy to keep for your records. If you lose the certificate, you can request a new one from the FENSA website for a small fee. all cost.

How do I check that my property has a FENSA certificate?

You can check your property or one you’re looking to purchase, on the FENSA website. Just provide the house number and postcode – though there is a fee of £25. What does a FENSA certificate have to do with buying and selling property?

When it comes to buying and selling, conveyancers will ask about things like FENSA certificates and other relevant regulations on a standard inquiry form. You must provide all the relevant certificates.

Without a FENSA certificate, the sales process may take longer as the conveyancers do further investigation.

How do I check that my property has a FENSA certificate
You can check your property or one you're looking to purchase, on the FENSA website.

What happens if you don't have a FENSA Certificate?

Not having a FENSA certificate doesn’t mean your property is unsellable.

You have some options:

  • You can apply to your local authority for a Retrospective Building Regulation Compliance Certificate. This process takes time and costs between £300-£400. Furthermore, the conveyancer involved can check with the local authority through the search results done as part of the transaction. This search will provide all the details of the installation, such as if the certification was done, how, and by whom.
  • You could also take out double glazing building regulations indemnity insurance, providing the work was completed more than a year ago.

Make sure the insurance policy covers any costs if the installations don’t comply with the building regulations and enforcement action is taken.

Although it’s not an offence to buy or sell a home that isn’t compliant with the building regulations, it can lead to delays as the windows and doors must be checked and certified before the sale can be completed.

A local authority can order someone to fix any non-compliant work done on a property.

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Getting new windows and doors comes with important regulations that can cost you more in the long run if not followed. Always ensure your installer is registered with FENSA.

This certificate will ensure the installations are registered with the local council and you can sell the property without any worry.

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