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Why is an Electrical Certificate of Compliance required when selling a property?

A change of ownership cannot take place unless there is a a Certificate of Compliance (COC) document which verifies that the electrical setup such as the lights, plugs, DBboard, wiring and geyser in a property comply with South Africa law as detailed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Some Helpful Information

When does Electrical Certificate of Compliance expire?

An Electrical Certificate of Compliance older than two years cannot be utilized. A new Electrical Certificate of Compliance is going to be required, if any electrical work was completed after the certificate was granted.

    What does the Electrical Certificate of Compliance cover?

    Your Electrical Certificate of Compliance guarantees:

    • The primary distribution board as well as any other boards
    • Wiring – is it in a risk-free state and does it work with the circuit breakers within the distribution board
    • Socket outlets and light switches
    • Earthing – all metal parts of the set up have to be earthed.
    • Isolators – have the isolators been correctly installed for appliances like hot water cylinders (geysers), stoves, door and gate motors, ceiling fans etc.
    • Bonding – Geyser pipes, satellite dishes and TV antennae, etc.
    What does the Electrical Certificate of Compliance not cover?

    Electrical Certificate of Compliance will not include fixed appliances like:

    • Fans & Motors
    • Pool motors
    • Geysers & Stoves
    • Under floor heating

    Please note: The electrical wiring to fixed home equipment are included with the Certificate of Compliance.

    Advice to save you money
    • Our recommendation would be to get the inspection completed very early, before a possible purchaser is brought to the property. This might enable you to make decisions which will decrease the costs of fixing any problems.

      • Garden lighting – the electrical wiring to garden lights are frequently done poorly and could be expensive to fix. These may be taken out instead of repaired.
      • Extra outside lighting – they are frequently non-compliant and could be taken out instead of repaired.
      • Extension leads – short-term leads in many cases are set up for the owner’s benefit and may easily be taken out.
      • TV antennae – might be obsolete – so just remove. In the event the seller leaves it as a permanent fixture it’ll need to be glued.
      • Electric installments to wendy houses – in many cases are carried out unlawfully. Detaching the supply can help to eliminate the expense.
      • Light bulbs – these are consumables and aren’t included by the Electric Certificate of Compliance. Nevertheless, it’s a good exercise to make sure that all fused bulbs are swapped out prior to the inspection. This can reduce wastage of your time throughout the inspection procedure.
      • Ornamental water fountains and fish ponds – as fixed home appliances, these things need isolators. This is often done incorrectly and could be pricey. The electrical power for these kind of features is easy to remove and will save you money.

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    Beetle CoC

    Is a beetle certificate of clearance required to sell your property?

    No, there isn’t any legislation that enforces a seller to supply a Beetle Free Certificate.

    Some Helpful Information

    Why are properties needing a Beetle Inspection?

    Through the 1940’s to 1960’s there were insects that infested properties on an pandemic level, these pests burrowed deep into wooden structures causing extensive damage. Sometimes, the infestations were so extreme that roofing structures were near collapse.

    Numerous building societies, that have been then your primary sources of bond financing, wouldn’t loan funds to any purchaser except if the property to be mortgaged was announced free from wood-destroying pests. So the need was set up for well qualified specialists to perform inspections where the invasion was reported, suggest restorative steps to eliminate such infestation. This necessity was drafted in to the Offer to Purchase plus it had become the seller’s responsibility to supply the Beetle Free Certification.

      Are beetle infestations still a concern?

      Inspecting and dealing with beetle invasion when residences are sold, combined with the intensive utilization of pre-treated wood in more modern properties, is a practice that has gone a long way to lowering the occurrence of beetle infestation.

        If the problem is under control, why are beetle inspections still being performed?

        Wood destroying insects cannot be fully eradicated. Extreme care from property owners and the regular exercise of checking properties which have been sold will make sure the issue is handled so they won’t come back to the outbreak proportions of the sixties.

        In the Deed of Sale, what is the advised ‘Beetle Clause’
        The seller shall organise at his/her cost to have the accessible fixed wooden structures on the property examined by a certified wood borer inspector who’s a member with the S.A.P.C.A (South African Pest Control Association), for infestation by wood damaging insects as well as the treatment of and/or replacement of any timbers discovered to be infested, in accordance with the suggestions specified by the inspector.

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        Water CoC


        The Water by-law 2010 – section 14(1) of the city of Cape Town, states that prior to any property may be transferred, a Certificate of Compliance for the water installation must be supplied. This entered effect on the 1st of March 2011. It’s a community by-law and just pertains to properties sold within the municipal district of Cape Town.A new Certificate of Compliance must be supplied every time a property is transferred.

        Some Helpful Information

        What's covered by the Water Installation Certificate of Compliance?

        The components of the set up which are insured are on the Certificate as follows:

        • The geyser installation matches SANS 10252 and SANS 10254 (not including drip trays on hot water cylinders set up prior to 2006).
        • The water plumbing within the plumbing set up (specifically inside the roof space) are correctly saddled according to SANS 10252:
        • The water meter records the circulation when water is drawn, and doesn’t register when usage stops.
        • The private isolating valve according to subsection 23(2) (a) or (b) is within place and operating.
        • None of the terminal water fixtures leak and they’re properly set in place.
        • No storm water is emitted in to the sewer system.
        • There’s no cross link between the potable water supply as well as any alternative supply.
        The buyer’s expectation

        A few purchasers may think that this Certificate of Compliance handles all domestic plumbing problems – specifically purchasers from other areas who aren’t acquainted with the City of Cape Town By-Law.

        Nevertheless, our mandate would be to examine to the needed requirements only. This is often to make sure conformity using the by-law, while providing cost effective rates to the seller.

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          Gas CoC

          Do I need a Gas Certificate of Compliance when selling my property?

          A Gas Certificate of Compliance must be issued in terms of Regulation 17(3) of the Pressure Equipment Regulations (OHS ACT of 1993), should there be a change of ownership. This entered into effect on the first October 2009.

          Some Helpful Information

          What's covered by the Gas Certificate of Compliance?

          The Gas Certificate of Compliance verifies that:

          • There aren’t any gas leaks
          • Emergency shut off valves are already set up in the proper locations
          • The gas pipes, valves, regulator and gas appliance are in a safe and secure condition without corrosion.

          Requirements for gas cylinder/s attached to the outside of a property:

          • They must be at least 2 metres clear of a drain.
          • They must be at least 1 metre clear of an airbrick, a window or a door.
          • Must not surpass the maximum amount of gas allowed on the property, that is 100kg.
          • They must be at least 5 metres clear of an electric supply of ignition, e.g. air-conditioner, distribution board, a motor, etc.

          For any gas cylinder set up in the inside of a home (generally in the cupboard):

          • Isn’t located underneath the hob
          • The cupboard has venting to avoid the buildup of gas.
          • There aren’t any electric switches within 200mm from the hob.
          • There aren’t any electrical switches underneath the hob, or perhaps in the inner compartment in which the tube lies.
            Potential Gas Problems

            Presently there are laws concerning the amount of gas which may be kept on your property:

            Within an flat over the ground floor, the highest amount of gas permitted will be 9 kg. This is often of concern where there is a fireplace that uses gas. A fireplace using gas needs a tank of at the very least 19 kg to be able to run properly. Lowering the size of the gas cylinder to 9 kg can lead to functionality issues and it is consequently not just a viable choice. It might be better tostop using the fireplace. It is crucial that both parties understand this when finalizing a deal.

            Within a freestanding home, the maximum amount of gas which may be kept is 100kg, unless of course you will find plans which have been authorized by the Fire Department in addition to Town Planning. In the event the owner includes a duplicate of such plans, they may be given towards the gas inspector. This can eliminate delays. Should there be no accepted plans, the level of gas kept on the property should be decreased to a maximum of 100kg.

              Advice to save you costs

              We advise getting the inspection completed prior to a possible buyer is brought to the home. This can allow the seller to generate cost saving choices quickly.

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                Electrical Fence CoC

                Do I need an Electric Fence Certificate of Compliance when selling my property?

                An electrical fence certification has to be supplied should there be a change of ownership of the property where the electric fence is present, as per the terms of Legislation 12(4) of the Electrical Machinery Laws (OHS ACT of 1993). This moved into effect as from 1st October 2012.

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                Who can issue an Electric Fence Certificate of Compliance?

                The laws that control electric fence installments are located in SANS 10222-3. These rules are distinct to those that regulate the electrical wiring of properties (SANS 10142-2). Only a individual certified by the Department of Labour as an electric fence installer might issue a C.O.C for any electric fence installation.

                    How can Abacas Solutions help?

                    If you dont know who the original installer is, we are able to refer you to a qualified electric fence installer.

                      Advice and Tips

                      It is recommended that you designate the initial electric fence installer. His contact information ought to be plainly shown on the fence.

                      Our reasons for this are:

                      • The initial installer is going to be acquainted with the property.
                      • In most cases the initial installer will have a maintenance contract in place.
                      • The installer will be aware with what year the fence was set up and can make use of the laws appropriately.
                      • The original installer may be willing to provide a better price should there be any kind of repairs to be completed.

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