In South Africa it used to be that when a property changed hands from seller to buyer the seller had to have the property inspected by a qualified electrician and provide the buyer with an electrical compliance certificate. As of the 1 May however the process will change and be slightly easier for the seller.
The new regulations will stipulate that any certificate issued within the last two years is still valid provided no other work has been done on the property’s electrical system since the certificate was issued. Furthermore if a buyer wishes to have a current compliance inspection done before the sale goes through he can no longer demand that the seller pay for it, he will have to pay for it himself.
Another important change is that the electrician performing the inspection only has to state that the system is completely safe whereas in the past they had to state that the system was in full working order. The previous guarantee drew alot of complaints from electricians as minor problems, or problems that occurred after inspection would get them into hot water.
It does sound as though the new regulations will relieve some of the burden from the seller and force buyers to take a more active role in the standard of safety in their new property. Remember to get up to date legal advice when you are in the process of buying/selling a property.