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Purchased buy to let needs rewiring

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in House Buying, Renting & Selling
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in House Buying, Renting & Selling
I purchased a property a month ago which is now let, and I decided to run an electricity report as per HMO regulations. I didn't have a surveyor to check the property though.

The electrician just reported that he checked 3 circuits so far and they appear to be problematic some causing the safety trip switch to drop (this might as well have been caused by a problematic appliance), and he concluded that the whole house will need to be rewired, sockets removed/replaced etc.
I think that's a bit of a stretch, though I will be getting a second opinion.
Any takes?

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  • vuvuzelavuvuzela Forumite
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    What would you like people to say ? I think getting a second opinion and quote is a good idea, however doing it quickly would be best as I'm sure you don't want your tenants living in a house with potentially unsafe electrics as if anything happened, they would certainly be quick to sue you.
  • Prothet_of_DoomProthet_of_Doom Forumite
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    Whilst rewiring is a real PITA, it is great to live in a house which doesn't have dodgy electrics. Happy days redecorating too !!!!
  • G_MG_M Forumite
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    Skag wrote: »
    I purchased a property a month ago which is now let, and I decided to run an electricity report as per HMO regulations. I didn't have a surveyor to check the property though.

    The electrician just reported that he checked 3 circuits so far and they appear to be problematic some causing the safety trip switch to drop (this might as well have been caused by a problematic appliance), and he concluded that the whole house will need to be rewired, sockets removed/replaced etc.
    I think that's a bit of a stretch, though I will be getting a second opinion.
    Any takes?
    I can state categorically that a 2nd opinion is a waste of time.

    The electrics are fine as is.

    Relax.
  • dimbo61dimbo61 Forumite
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    Welcome to the world of being a Landlord it is easy to get rich quick !
    Go for a total rewire and then you know all the electrics are safe, 4 double sockets in each bedroom, electric cooker and hob, extra cable for electric shower just in case the gas central heating breaks down.
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    G_M wrote: »
    I can state categorically that a 2nd opinion is a waste of time.

    The electrics are fine as is.

    Relax.

    The OP needs to get an acceptable EICR to meet HMO management regs.

    Complete rewire may be OTT, but it *can* be necessary if testing indicates that insulation is breaking down for example.
  • ThrugelmirThrugelmir Forumite
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    Skag wrote: »
    I didn't have a surveyor to check the property though.

    Saved yourself some money. That can be put towards the rewiring.
    It's not whether you're right or wrong that's important, but how much money you make when you're right and how much you lose when you're wrong." — George Soros
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    I can state categorically that a 2nd opinion is a waste of time.

    The
    electrics are fine as is.

    Relax.
    anselld wrote: »
    The OP needs to get an acceptable EICR to meet HMO management regs.

    Complete rewire may be OTT, but it *can* be necessary if testing indicates that insulation is breaking down for example.

    Oh G-M you are :naughty:

    In future :silenced:

    My tongue in cheek just slips over heads.....
  • anselldanselld Forumite
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    G_M wrote: »
    Oh G-M you are :naughty:

    In future :silenced:

    My tongue in cheek just slips over heads.....

    OK, I did wonder! Perhaps sarcasm and electrics don't mix too well.
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