What Is a FENSA Certificate and Do You Need One When Buying or Selling?

Buying or selling a property takes an enormous amount of work, and just when you think you’ve thought of everything, something new pops up. You may not have heard of FENSA, but it’s an essential part of property regulations and a subject you’ll need to tackle.

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The good news is that it’s not as complicated as it first sounds, and the chances are that all of the hard work has been done already!

What Is FENSA?

FENSA is an acronym – Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme – created to make sure that doors and windows satisfied the building regulations. FENSA has only been in force since April 2002, so any work done before this may not be certified.

Put simply, FENSA checks the work was completed by a competent person to the required standard, in particular checking it complies with the latest regulations and offers thermal efficiency.

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When you’re selling your home, the conveyancer will want to know if there have been any windows, roof lights or doors installed since 2002. If so, they will need to see the FENSA certificate. As a buyer, you won’t want to ignore FENSA because it provides you with reassurance that building regulations have been met and that you won’t need to do remedial work.

What If FENSA Is Missing?

Of course, there may be some circumstances when the FENSA certificate is missing – does this make the property unsaleable? Thankfully, the answer is no, but you will need to take a few additional steps to solve the issue.

An online conveyancing check might be all that’s needed to check the records to see if a FENSA certificate was ever issued. This can be obtained at a very affordable price, as explained by https://www.samconveyancing.co.uk/news/conveyancing/online-conveyancing-quotes-the-truth-behind-the-low-fees-280.

Another alternative is to arrange for a building control office to visit to certify the installation retrospectively. There will be a cost attached to this.

The third option is indemnity insurance. The buyer can procure this from a specialist provider. It provides indemnity in case any enforcement action is ever taken against windows, doors or roof lights which do not meet the regulations.

Simple Yet Vital

FENSA is an essential part of property purchasing, and no sale should ever go through without it.