Readers please aware this OP is from UK so the code ( regulations ) are differnt than what you normally see in USA/ Canada side.
Originally Posted by topcat77
I bought a property in 2010 and naturally had the electical and inspection report done prior. The report said that 'generally the electrics are in good order but new consumer unit is needed and bonding to gas and water is also needed' The quoted work was £500 in total - no problems with that.
Today I had a SELV fan fitted and the electrician on completion said that the lighting and switches do not have an earth. As such a re-wire is required. I was quoted £2000 approx for this as it will be several days work.
My question, as I do not have an electical background, is the initial report that was provided on the property misleading? There is a big difference between £500 and £2500, and as far as I am aware earthing is important. Are the people who did the initial report liable and/or what steps can I take?
I have the original domestic electrical installation periodic inspection report and it states 'all mains wiring' is covered in the report (the rest I do not understand).
I hope that this makes sense and thanks in advance for any help!
That something the Inspector miss that in first place and some of the inspectors do not requried full inspection of the electrique system.
That part the Inspector should caught that one if they were inspecting old twinner cable ( NM cable to Nord Americiane's ) and alot of old twinners do not have earth conductor until late 60's almost right on parallel format as Americiane/ Canadaine system is.
But there is a split from there the lighting circuit useally not required to be RCD if not useing ring circuit otherwise the ring circuit mantory RCD protection.
And I know the UK did went to 17th edition reguations not too long ago so they did tighten up the loophole on the non earthed twinners so they are pretty much have to go. ( they can NOT be extended from oringal unearthed cables )
Originally Posted by bob22
I assume OP is in the UK (used pounds symbol) so perhaps home inspectors there are a different breed of cat and are licensed etc???
Kinda depending on which type of inspectors you get it simair to the North Americian side either ya got a good one or a run by nite misfits which they were not really trained to spot the issue at all. ( pretty good part of UK inspectors are licensed but few don't )
Our inspectors in France is reasonable but strict and they are licensed.