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No final building regs inspection or completion certificate

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  • No final building regs inspection or completion certificate

    We are trying to sell a 1910 property that had a single story downstairs extension and loft conversion added in 2008. Permission was sought and granted and buildings inspections made during construction. However the final inspection was not carried out and we never got a completion certificate because we did not want to replace the original panel doors with fire doors. This probably does contravene building regs on maintaining a protected stairway. We have been told that indemnity insurance may be invalidated as the local council have already been involved (although no enforcement notice has been served within 12 months of completion and no contact has been made since the inspections in 2008) - is this true? Is there any other way of convincing the buyer's lender that the house is a sound investment?!

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    Re: No final building regs inspection or completion certificate

    Your solicitors should contact an indemnity insurer and explain the position - it could well be that they will agree that a policy will not be invalidated.

    Alternatively replace the doors and get the inspector back to issue a completion certificate.
    RICHARD WEBSTERwww.rwco.co.uk
    As a conveyancing solicitor I want to be helpful (England/Wales only) but can't accept liability for this.

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    • #3
      Re: No final building regs inspection or completion certificate

      Very sound advice from Richard

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      • #4
        Re: No final building regs inspection or completion certificate

        How about upgrading the doors using an intumescent paper / paint?

        Alternatively you can purchase panelled fire doors.

        Good luck

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