According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), an electrical certificate of compliance for home sellers is required in order for a home to be legally sold.
Generally speaking, many home owners put time and effort into making improvements in and around their homes. These improvements often increase the market value of a home.
However, when making electrical related improvements, such as the installation of electrical fencing, repairing distribution boards or power points and installing new light fittings, it’s vital that the homeowner makes every effort to obtain an electrical certificate of compliance.
The certificate of compliance (COC) serves to verify the home’s compliance with the requirements set out by the OHSA.
Only a certified electrical wireman may issue the certificate and the house may not be sold until the COC has been issued.
There is a strict code of practice, according to SANS 10142, which all electrical installations must adhere to, in order to protect the home and its occupants from electrical related risks.
The following are potential hazards which may arise from inadequate electrical installations:
The following are minimum requirements during a home electrical compliance test:
Legal requirements for electrified fencing require the following:
As a homeowner, you must ensure that the COC is kept on the relevant premises.
Additionally, a full test report along with photographs of all installation check points, measurements and instruments used during the inspection as well as details of the electrical installation tests must be included with the COC.
Any person who purchases or lets a home must insist on seeing a valid COC before signing a sale or rental agreement.
Should the seller fail to declare any improvements, repairs or installations that were done since the last COC was issued, the existing COC is automatically nullified.
Only once all the alterations have been properly checked and tested according to the minimum requirements, will a new COC be issued.
The Body Corporate of sectional title schemes are required to obtain an electrical certificate of compliance related to all electrical installations which form part of the common property.
This serves as an indemnity for the Body Corporate should an incident relating to the electrical system arise.
For more information on the importance of a certificate of compliance when selling property, or any other matters related to property law in South Africa, contact our property attorneys in Cape Town or Johannesburg.
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