I am after a bit of advice. We are currently in the process of buying a property that was built about 5 years ago - it has been going on now for about 12 weeks and the solicitor has only just found out that it has no completion certificate. Below is a copy of the email the solicitor sent me:
We are writing to update you on your purchase.
We have now received a letter from Rothwell and Evans who have been told that the Building Control was dealt with by the NHBC which is somewhat confusing as the property benefits from Zurich cover not NHBC. It would appear that the development may have been sold off my Persimmon to Redrow Homes and they are endeavouring to resolve this by offering to us an Indemnity Insurance Policy for breach of Building Regulation.
The Building Regulations Indemnity Policy would only cover any enforcement action taken by the building office and would not confirm that the property has been built safely which is the main reason that a Building Regulations Completion Certificate is issued.
We would suggest that you discuss this issue with your Surveyor as he will be able to certify whether the property has been built safely or not.
We are also going to have to write to your Mortgage Company to advise that the property does not benefit from a Building Regulations Completion Certificate and ask whether they will accept the Indemnity Insurance to cover any possible enforcement action.
Should i go with the Indemnity policy or ask the Vendor to get the council to do an inspection and issue a completion certificate (or is this to late to do?).
I haven't been able to get any advice from my solicitor as she never speaks to us she is always "engaged with another client" or "out of the office".
Any feedback will be greatful as i have never come across a problem like this before.