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Hi.

Hoping for some advise.

I am in the process of buying a 1975 house. The house is modern and well looked after.

Now, the last EICR was 15 years ago, notes on that are 'installation of new board, upgrade of incoming tails and earth (cpc), adjust circuit in kitchen and install new supply to cooker'

I was looking to get another one done prior to completing purchase, however sellers are unhappy to allow access. They have a legitimate reason relating to a family member being hospitalised with cancer and are understandably concerned about having someone in the house and the associated risks when they are frequently visiting the hospital. I might add, I do know this to be true.

I really appreciate their position but it has left me feeling very uneasy. Is completing without getting an EICR done a silly risk to take?
 

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Rubbish, if they want a sale then they have to allow access to property. End of.

they may be nice people who say all the right things, but when it comes to selling there most expensive possession, they will do anything to get the best price.

There may be very good reasons they don’t want you checking the electrics.

As for 1975 Electrics. rule of thumb any installation over 30 years old go in with the expectation it needs a full rewire. Then if it doesn’t brilliant.

45 year old electrics. 45 years of additions alterations wear and tear. Chances are not brilliant, but you will never know unless an EICR is done.
 

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I was looking to get another one done prior to completing purchase, however sellers are unhappy to allow access. They have a legitimate reason relating to a family member being hospitalised with cancer and are understandably concerned about having someone in the house and the associated risks when they are frequently visiting the hospital. I might add, I do know this to be true.
you have no legal right to ask the other owner for a EICR to be done ,if the other persons that own the property then you could ask them if one can be done ,and if they refuse all well good and done if it was me and some one in my family where poorly i would tell them to sling your hook.
 

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you have no legal right to ask the other owner for a EICR to be done ,if the other persons that own the property then you could ask them if one can be done ,and if they refuse all well good and done if it was me and some one in my family where poorly i would tell them to sling your hook.
There is nothing legal to stop you asking for an EICR, but if the owners don’t want to get one done then they can’t be legally forced.

however you have the right not to buy the property if the homeowner refused.
 

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here is nothing legal to stop you asking for an EICR, but if the owners don’t want to get one done then they can’t be legally forced.

however you have the right not to buy the property if the homeowner refused.
i have been thier before where i purchased property's ,the end of the day some else will by it.
 

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Hi @lipglosspukka ,

as I’ve mentioned previously. There really is no way of knowing without the EICR, but 45 years is a long time.

as buzz has said the owners don’t have to agree to get the EICR done and you can still purchase the property without the EICR unless the mortgage company insist.

all I Would recomend is go in with the expectation of it needing a full refund @nd hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised if you don’t.
 

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