Why do I need to do a compliance inspection when I am selling a house?
The aim of any compliance inspection (plumbing, electrical, beetle, gas or electrical fencing) is to provide the buyer of a property with compliance certificates. By law it is the responsibility of the seller of a property to provide these certificates before a deed of sale can be completed between a buyer and seller of a property.
What is a Water Compliance Certificate?
Since March 2011, the City of Cape Town requires a Water Compliance Certificate for any properties sold where the City of Cape Town is the municipal authority. A new Certificate of Compliance needs to be issued each time a property is transferred and is valid for 6 months from date of issue, as per the City of Cape Town.
The City of Cape Town Water By-Law, Section 14(1), stipulates that before a property can be transferred, a Schedule 4 Certificate of Compliance for the water installation must be issued. The installation has to meet the by-laws as well as the SANS 10252 and SANS 10254 regulations. The aim of the water COC is to ensure that no clean water is going to waste either negligently, purposefully or wastefully with the use of fittings that leak or are defective.
What you can do before scheduling an inspection:
- Ensure that all fittings are water tight and not leaking when closed.
- Ensure that the water meter and consumer stop tap are accessible and visible with no obstructions, such as vegetation or debris.
- Ensure that all rainwater down pipes discharge to the environment.
- Ensure that all drain covers are in place and not damaged or blocked.
- Ensure that the toilet stop taps are working.
- Ensure that all toilets flushing mechanisms are working.
Schedule your inspection with Bosman Plumbing and one of our qualified and registered plumbers will come to your property to do the inspection, and if necessary report on any repairs that need to occur, before issuing your Water Compliance Certificate.