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noddyholder · 20/08/2007 17:29

About to exchange and our buyers asked last week that we get the boiler and central heating system fully serviced before exchange.I said no it was serviced last year and is sold as seen.They have come back today saying we can exchange without but must do it before completion or indemnify against anything going wrong with the boiler in the first year I have said no to this too.They have ahd everything their way and I just don't want to pay any more

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policywonk · 20/08/2007 17:31

Oh, bollocks to 'em. What are they going to do - pull out? Nope.


GooseyLoosey · 20/08/2007 17:31

Its totally unreasonable of them but whether you should agree to it depends on how much you think they want the house, whether they are likely to walk away and whether you care if they do. Think I would say no too, sometimes you just have to.


BecauseImWorthIt · 20/08/2007 17:32

What does your solicitor advise? It seems ridiculous to me!


SixKindsofCrisis · 20/08/2007 17:32

YANBU. You and they have already agreed on the deal and now they are in effect asking for a freebie.


meandmyflyingmachine · 20/08/2007 17:33

They are probably just doing what their solicitor tells them. Our solicitor wanted us to ask for that, and to ask for an indemnity against any alterations to the building done without planning consent. I think it was just a going through the motions thing.


irishbird · 20/08/2007 17:33

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PeachesMcLean · 20/08/2007 17:36

They sound like they're pushing it to me. We were told we might have to indeminfy against a problem with a replacement window as we didn't have FENSA certificate for it, but that's a legal requirement. Boilers are sold as seen, I think.

Our homebuyers report also advised that we get the boiler serviced as soon as we move in, whereas there were a whole list of things we were told to check out before we exchanged.


NurseyJo · 20/08/2007 17:36

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LazyLineLegilimens · 20/08/2007 17:36

tell 'em to fark off!!!

well, maybe


noddyholder · 20/08/2007 17:39

I am saying no full stop.We cancelled our holiday as we were about to exchange and then nothing they didn't even have their mortgage.The boiler was serviced a year ago and it is not like they will walk away as they need to move and love this place.I have had enough tbh No one serviced it for us before we moved in and we didn't ask.I have bought and sold 8 houses in 10 yrs and never done this.

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LIZS · 20/08/2007 17:41

I doubt you can indemnify against a boiler going wrong . It isn't the same as a potential planning or structural problem as it is a fixture/fitting and you are under no legal obligation to service it regularly.


handlemecarefully · 20/08/2007 17:42

Good for you - stand your ground (the cheeky fookers)


noddyholder · 20/08/2007 17:42

They have asked me to indemnify against any dispute with the flat downstairs that I may not have told them about too?!?!?!?!?There are no disputes either.

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awayfromhome · 20/08/2007 17:45

When we bought our current house, the boiler packed up within about a week. Asked the old owners if they knew of any problems etc, they claimed not to. When the boiler was checked and the false wall taken off in front of it, it was like niagra falls, mould had built up with continuous leaking of water over a long time. Was frankly very with the vendors for lying.

However, as the buyer it was down to me to check the quality of such equipment, so it was just something that you have to take on the chin...

I think that they are taking the piss asking you to service it, if they want it done that badly they should do it themselves before they exchange and at their expense.


noddyholder · 20/08/2007 17:54

The boiler was fully service dlast year.The boiler guy said it was a really good boiler and should last years.We had it boxed in according to current regs and it has worked perfectly.They are trying it on I think

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LIZS · 20/08/2007 18:22

Sounds like they are stalling .


noddyholder · 22/08/2007 14:46

The buyers have now decided to send a plumber round after exchange but before completion to look over the boiler.I have said this is fine.After exchange can there be further price negotiations?The boiler is fine and works perfectly but who knows what they may find

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Millarkie · 22/08/2007 14:52

Don't think that they can ask to drop the price after exchange - but check with your solicitor.
We had a similar situation - our buyers were using an inexperienced solicitor who demanded indemnity insurances for all sorts of uneccesasry things (we refused them all and they gave up in the end).
They also demanded to know the name of the person who installed our boiler 4 years previously - we had had it put in as part of a big building project so the plumber was employed by our building project manager, we had no paperwork (although we did check at the time that he was corgi registered). Boiler had been serviced annually since it was fitted by a corgi engineer (and we had proof of the servicing).
After 4 letters asking for the name of the installer we answered 'well it was a while ago, but we think his name was Steve.'...didn't have any more letters then.

Good luck Noddyholder - hope it all gets sorted soon.


noddyholder · 22/08/2007 15:26

Estate agents have called the plumbers who fitted our kitchen and bathroom and they are coming round to check the boiler over but they didn't fit it so god knows what they expect to achieve.

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LIZS · 22/08/2007 16:36

As long as they are Corgi regsitered it won't matter tbh.


margosbeenplayingwithmynoonoo · 22/08/2007 16:53

why do people make it so difficult?


noddyholder · 22/08/2007 16:55

They are corgi but they have now said they are too busy so buyers are sending round someone from an electrical co to do it??Anyway I suppose as we will have exchanged it doesn't really matter they can't pull out if they don't like the report otherwise they would have to still pay us the deposit according to our solicitors.

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littlerach · 22/08/2007 17:03

When we moved here we had the boiler serviced once we had moved in.
It had been fitted so badly, probably by the bloke who sold us the house, and it took quite a while to out right - oil fired as well.
But if we had wanted it checked before we bought the house, we would have done so, not the seller.

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