What are the consequences of not notifying Building Control about
Plumber friend of mine is putting in a unvented system (he has the
qualification to do this) and asked me if I knew what the would happen
if he didn't put the building notice in.
If the property owner tries to sell the property (s)he will be asked for
proof that the work has been authorised. If the owner cannot produce the
documentation then they will have to pay to get it inspected and approved.
It is much easier and cheaper to get it done according to the rules.
Isn't it up to the potential buyer to decide whether to just go ahead
Obviously their solicitor will huff and puff and say you've _got_ to
provide the paperwork, but can't the buyer just ignore that.
That maybe so, but there will be many buyers who will take the solicitor
more seriously than is warranted.
The cost to someone who is qualified to put a building notice in quite
small (£2.50 for me), so why i this guy not doing it? Is it that he
really isn't qualified?
Of course vendors are often economical with the truth but they will have to
give written confirmation that all necessary consnet shave been obtained.
Lying could cost them a lot if found out.
A friend of mine qualified as a Demostic Installer, at some cost to
himself, but wound up with very little work.
Since I can't believe that the area he lives in has stopped having
electrical work done, it raises the question of how much work in fact
A run-down repossessed house just down the road from here has been
enjoying the attention of a gang of people who work there 18 hours a
day. None of them speak English. From the chiselling sounds there's a
lot of chasing-out being done. One wonders if these people are
following the regs; but it seems they've bought it to do up and flog
at a profit.
Has anyone any estimates for what percentage of work gets notified?
I would assume that he is qualified and registered through a company he
works for but the registration will not cover him for doing a homer for a
mate. Corgi registration normally works this way I believe.
Not really - an option on most of the query forms for sellers allow "I
don't know" or "I can't remember" as acceptable responses.
More to the point there is usually no guidance at all as to what
consents one would be expected to get for various improvements. Hence
most people will legitimately answer "yes" or "I have no idea"
regardless and be none the wiser.
Unless you have a good working knowledge of building regs you are
unlikely to even be aware when and where building notices are supposed
to have been submitted. What is more this is a moving target - each year
more (often increasingly trivial) aspects become notifiable, and it
seems the general level of respect for the rules, and the level of
interest of the conveyancing solicitors declines in direct response.
For example, a query might be asked as to whether any windows have been
replaced, with a follow on note to supply copies of any guarantees that
may be in force. No mention is made of regs compliance or FENSA certs.