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Electric Ring Final Circuit downrating concern
When I first moved into this rented one bedroomed council bungalow 12 years ago the small kitchen only gave spaces for a cooker and under bench washer. In 2019, I asked the council if they would upgrade the kitchen furnishings to allow space for a fridge/freezer but was told that my request wouldn’t be considered for at least another 4 years. However, they gave me permission to bring the kitchen up to 21st century living standards as long as I paid for it myself and followed their recommendations. My bank granted me a loan to cover the full cost of the kitchen refurbishment which included a new electric ring final circuit. I forwarded the DCN18C to the Council on completion in August 2019. However, since February 2022 they are insisting that they need to replace 3x32A with 3x20A for no reason that I am aware of.
I am worried about the outcome. In all of the time that I have lived here they have never visited my home to do an electrical test and since I have noticed that in part 5 (DCN18C) “Socket for washing machine cover is stuck on” and I have a photo of the old electrical wires under the kitchen floorboards (two to one) joined by only insulating tape and lying over the top of a copper pipe, plus their recent email informing me that the work they intend to do will only take about 15minutes in all to complete I’m feeling great concern.
My new electrical ring final circuit added around £3,000 to my kitchen refurbishment costs and I am still paying back the loan. My gut feeling is telling me not to let the council alter anything to do with the certified electrical installation but I have no knowledge of such and I am at a loss. I suppose my question is: Am I legally entitled to say No thank you, leave my certified electric ring final circuit as it is?