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Missing building completion certificate

Hi. I'm a first time buyer in the process of buying a house built in 2002. A garage conversion to study was undertaken in 2005. Our solicitor has raised the concern that the Building Completion Certificate (for the entire house) is missing. Funnily enough they have the completion certificate for the Garage conversion. Seller has contacted the council to retrieve the certificate. Council has searched their archive couple of times but came up with nothing. They believe it's misplaced or never have been done. Seller says council has declined to do a retrospective inspection as the property is 14year old. Instead council will issue a letter stating "no enforcement action" will be taken. We have done a full building survey of the house independently and the report states no problem and house is in good state. Our concern is we may face issues while selling the house as just like us new buyers will be nervous about not having the certificate. Is there an issue/risk if we proceed?

Asked on Jan 9 2017, General in Milton Keynes | Report content

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  • It's 14 years old, too late for anyone to take action. If you are not bothered about it, why should the next buyer even further in time? This is just your solicitor doing what solicitors do to justify their fees: making a fuss about boxes being ticked.

    Answered on Jan 10 2017, Report content
  • I would agree - if the survey has come through fine (no structural issues etc.) then you should be ok.

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    Answered on Jan 12 2017, Report content
  • I agree with the other responses. As a buyer I wouldn't expect to see a certificate for a property over 10 years old. It's not necessary or relevant.

    Answered on Feb 4 2017, Report content

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