including the text: *** "Hi,
I've just noticed this post and may be able to shed some light on what the sparks said, being one myself. It all depends on how one views a BTL property.
The 17th edition IEE wiring regs state that all commercial property must have an in date Electrical safety certificate that must be renewed at least every 5 years.
A domestic property (believe it or not) must have one as well, and it must be renewed every 10 years.
I hope this helps.
I'm sure many outside of the trade are unaware of the changes which came into effect in Jan/Feb 08. " ***
At first glance this seems possible as an advisory measure but surely (don't call me Shirley) this is not a legal requirement.
Firstly, we are lettting a house through a letting agent and there was no suggestion that any check or certificate was required. Secondly, if it was a legal requirement for all domestic properties to hold a safety certificate then we would be seeing an even bigger media storm than there was over HIPS with thousands of sparkies being newly trained to do the required inspection work.
So is this a load of bullocks, is there an advisory clause, what?