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Unserviced boiler - who's responsibility?

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  • Unserviced boiler - who's responsibility?

    We're in the process of buying a house - the owner's haven't had their boiler serviced for 2 years. They say that if we want it checked we should arrange for that ourselves. I think that the emphasis should be on them proving it's safe. Can anybody advise on this please? Thanks!

  • #2
    Been here myself!

    The seller(s) have no legal obligation to have their boiler serviced other than as a potential goodwill gesture to you.

    Shoe on the other foot the seller will probably have realised that the lack of an annual service will have invalidated any remaining warranty and they would be left having to foot the bill for any work that would require doing.

    To be honest your best bet is to try and negotiate with the seller(s) and offer to meet the cost of servicing the boiler, which you will have to pay out anyway when you purchase the property on the agreement that the seller(s) cover the cost or a % of the cost of any work that may require undertaking as a result. Make sure you get something in writing from the seller that shows explicitly what you have both agreed.


    • #3
      Personal recommendation? Don't worry so much about a detail like this - instead get a home care cover plan from British Gas or similar as soon as you move in. That way, if there is a problem, it's completely covered by their service.

      That's what we did after moving in and realising that the boiler wasn't acting right - we went on a cover plan (there were various issues with the property) and for £30/month, had the boiler replaced, two leaks sorted out, and a couple more call outs for various small issues. Easily been worth it for the piece of mind and speed of fixing.



      • #4
        nice article



        • #5
          Boilers Boilers Boilers

          Hi Liberty,

          Your situation is a common one for home buyers and investors, yet to the best of my knowledge and experience there is nothing you can do but attempt to negotiate on this sore point, as you probably know that any property being sold via an estate agent is required to provide the buyer with a HIP pack, and as of October 2008 the energy assessment portion of this pack will be applied to all properties being sold of rented.

          I would look at htis situation like this, if the vendor wants to sell offer them a price minus the cost of a new boiler, and be prepared to walk away if they won't play ball, as there are plenty other properties to buy which may not have problems like this.