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Part P and how it affects your home

July 20, 2015 - By davidhogben

What is Part P?

Part P was introduced in January 2005 and it relates to electrical installations in residential properties. It was introduced in order to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and fires caused by poor electrical installation and to make life more difficult for incompetent electricians. However, it was never advertised extensively and to this day remains a mystery to many people who do not realise that compliance with Part P is a legal requirement which is enforceable in the same way as all Building Regulations and is policed at local level by Building Control.

How it affects you and your home

Part P provides safety regulations to protect householders and requires certain residential electrical work to be carried out by government-approved electricians and any electrical works which fall under Part P have to be reported to and certified by Building Control.  If such works are not certified in this way it may cause problems when it comes to selling your home if you cannot produce evidence that electrical work has been carried out in accordance with the Building Regulations.

Part P and selling your home

A typical example is where a homeowner has had a new extension built and the work has never been signed off by Building Control.  The homeowner comes to sell the house and the purchaser’s solicitor asks (amongst other things) for the Part P certificate for the electrical works, without which the sale will not complete. 

The above example can all be avioded if your use a Part P registered and qualified electrician or insist that your builder does the same. Sky Electrical has been Part P registered and qualified electrician from the inception of the scheme and we would be delighted to talk you through Part P in more detail. 

Please feel free to contact our team by phone on 020 8894 1799 or by email info@skyelectrical.co.uk

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