New Build, No b/regs Completion Certificate

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    New Build, No b/regs Completion Certificate

    Afternoon,
    I am nearing the completion of a new 4 bedroom detached property which I will be renting out. B/control have recently informed me that my window handles do not meet b/regs!! In the Uttlesford Council area they need to be lower to comply with a more stringent level of disabled access. Can I still rent the property out without a Building Control Completion Certificate? Many thanks for your help.

    #2
    You are at risk of criminal prosecution for two years, whether or not you have tenants.

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      #3
      Thanks for coming back to me. Criminal Prosecution for what crime?

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        #4
        Who specified the windows?
        I've always found window companies always press for items to meet the regs, eg trickle vents, toughened glass below a certain height, fire escape hinges, etc.
        I'm surprised they missed the wheelchair person's handle height.

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          #5
          Originally posted by d4zler82 View Post
          Thanks for coming back to me. Criminal Prosecution for what crime?
          apparently ...
          https://www.planningportal.co.uk/inf..._regulations/3

          - sections 35 and 35A of the Building Act 1984
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            In the Uttlesford Council area they need to be lower to comply with a more stringent level of disabled access.
            I thought that building regulations were national requirements in England and Wales. Have you read through the appropriate section that applies to the height of window handles to verify that Uttlesford Council are correctly interpreting the legal requirements imposed by Parliament.
            Services and controls
            2.29 To assist people who have reduced reach, ensure that:
            a. consumer units are located in accordance with Part P (Electrical Safety);

            b. switches, sockets, stopcocks and controls generally are located with their centre line between 450mm and 1200mm above floor level and at least 300mm (measured horizontally) from an inside corner;

            c. the handle to at least one window in the principal living area is located between 450mm and 1200mm above floor level, unless fitted with a remote opening device that is within this height range; and
            d. handles to all other windows are located between 450mm and 1400mm above floor level, unless fitted with a remote opening device that is within this height range.

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