My house is unsafe due to botched electrical work carried out before we moved in. Family members have had electric shocks on a number of occasions but it is very expensive for us to get the whole house rewired. What should we do?

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You may not need to have a full rewire depending on what the faults are, but you should use a registered electrician to carry out an inspection of the electrical installation as soon as possible

Answered by Sarah, Electrical Safety Expert

You may not need to have a full rewire depending on what the faults are, but you should use a registered electrician to carry out an inspection of the electrical installation as soon as possible. They will issue you with an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) that will identify any hazards that need to be rectified. 

If the house was sold to you having had electrical installation work carried out, this would be notifiable under Part P of the Building Regulations so the vendor should have provided you with the certification to prove that the work complies. It would have been their responsibility to make sure that the work was carried out to the correct standard. If you have the paperwork, you can contact the scheme operator for the electrician who carried out the work, as it would be insured.

Ultimately, a rewire is expensive but the safety of your family and property is worth spending the money on. 

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