Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hot under the Collar about a Faulty Boiler; by Fiona McNultyOUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hot under the Collar about a Faulty Boiler; by Fiona McNultyOUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

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Byline: Fiona McNultyOUR

Q I HAVE just bought a house and there was a sticker on the boiler saying it needed to be "recommissioned" as the system had been drained down. I employed a registered plumber to do this who found recent new pipework installed incorrectly and other pipework missing. I contacted the previous owners but they say it is nothing to do with them. What can I do? A WHEN buying residential property the principle of caveat emptor, meaning buyer beware, usually applies. Buyers and their solicitors should learn as much as possible about the property by raising enquiries and carrying out searches during conveyancing. The seller need not disclose physical defects relating to the property which a buyer should see upon reasonable inspection. Before exchange of contracts, your sellers should have completed a Property Information Form giving details of the history of the house and you should have received a copy. Part of this form relates to central heating: when the system was installed, last serviced or maintained, and asks the seller to provide a copy of the inspection report. Check if your form mentions the draining down of the boiler, any faulty or missing pipework or other relevant issues. If you had a survey done before write to Legal & property., Derry Street, cannot be but we will try here.

a solicitor residential exchange of contracts, check to see whether your surveyor mentioned the boiler's condition, or suggested a boiler inspection prior to exchanging contracts. If your sellers misrepresented the situation you may have a claim against them. But if the boiler's condition was disclosed to you and you failed to investigate, they are unlikely to be at fault.

Q WHAT extra legal costs would be incurred when buying a house with my partner and two adult children? My idea is to combine our four salaries to secure a joint mortgage and pool savings to create a deposit of about 10 per cent. …

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