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Created On: 21 January 2019 10:03 AM
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 21 January 2019 10:03 AM
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Just moved into a rented Bungalow(as disabled Wife can no longer manage Stairs).Got a Electrician friend to check it out So far found, Combi Boiler(only installed 2 years ago) wired into Kitchen Ring main off a 2G switched Socket that already was feeding a 1G switched socket under kitchen worktop(Washing Machine supply). So had 4 wires squeezed into terminals. The cable feeding the fused spur was just round flex! The Boiler Pipe bonding earth was fed from the earth on the fused spur using a bit of earth wire stripped from a piece of .75mm flex!! !(even though the correct bonding earth was accessible next to Boiler). Boiler now on separate supply from CU via 6 amp MCB & switched FCU. Earth bonding also sorted. washing machine supply now fed from switched fused spur above worktop.
While sorting this out found there was a break in the Neutral on the above ring. Traced to connector block buried in wall which then fed a FCU for cooker hood via a length of red/black T&E wrapped in brown & blue insulation tape! Luckily plenty of slack in loft space to be able to re-terminate in a new FCU.
Poor Landlord was unaware of this as lives other side of Country. He was relying on the his Agent to look after the property. He is now changing Agents due to this & other issues we found.
 21 January 2019 10:20 AM
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So obviously no electrical inspection and testing and E.I.C.R. issued prior to the let. Landlord negligent. Letting agent negligent.

 21 January 2019 12:39 PM
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Unfortunately this is not uncommon, but who is at fault is difficult to determine at a distance. The landlord is using an agent to organise any work. The agent is unlikely to be competent to test and inspect an electrical/gas/plumbing installation so normally will be dependent on hiring a competent tradesmen for the various jobs. If the tradesman is not competent it is often many years before the poor work is discovered which means they will have done lots of crap work before being caught out by which time they have probably moved on.

This can be compounded by DIY work from tenants or previous owners.

While it is a legal requirement to provide a safe electrical installation there is no legal requirement to have an inspection and test performed, but to prove the installation is safe it is normal to get an inspection and test done and some agents insist on one being performed.
 21 January 2019 12:56 PM
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Fairly typical hotch potch found in domestic properties.

Quite often the original wiring can be professionally installed but it's the add-ons in the intervening years that are not.

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