The seller's solicitors should provide completion certificates for the following works:
- glazed windows, roof windows, roof lights or glazed doors that were installed on or after 1 April 2002.
- electrical work that was carried out on or after 1 January 2005.
- a central heating system or renewable energy system that was installed or other changes that were made to the water or plumbing system on or after 1 April 2005.
Competent person schemes were introduced to allow individuals and enterprises to self-certify that their work complies with building regulations as an alternative to submitting a building notice or using an approved inspector. A contractor needs to register with a scheme approved by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
Contractors registered with the following bodies may be competent persons, able to self-certify their work:
- Windows: FENSA or Certass
- Electrics: ELECSA, NICEIC or NAPIT
- Gas: Gas Safe Register
- Solid fuel: HETAS
- Oil: Oftec
The above are some of the more common completion certificates, but it should be noted that other property specific issues may require other certificates or consents.
For further information, please see the Law Society’s Conveyancing Handbook (24th edition) and the Law Society Conveyancing Protocol.
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this article, it does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon as such. The Law Society does not accept any responsibility for liabilities arising as a result of reliance upon the information given.
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