28 September 2022 10:57 PM
Sorry to hear you're having issues with your properties PRC certificate.
I'm also surprised to hear that your local council has stated that they have no record of the repairs that were undertaken.
The Housing Defects Legislation (now Part XVI of the Housing Act 1985) originally allowed the Secretary of State to designate particular dwelling types as inherently defective, and empowered local authorities to operate a Scheme of Assistance for all eligible owners, either by way of buy back or by way of repair. (Unfortunately this scheme is no longer)
Over 28,000 households were aided under the Assistance Scheme.
Most ‘repairs’ were carried out using a system of repair which was licensed, inspected and certificated by PRC Homes Ltd, a subsidiary of NHBC, however not all owners chose this route.
Some local authorities carried out ‘partial repairs’ to their own stock, which unfortunately did not remove all the defective PRC structural elements from the dwellings. Unfortunately, this type of ‘local repair’ did not provide valid PRC certification, meaning that in many cases, the property remains unmortgageable to lenders.
By the same token, some local councils did repair their properties to a certifiable standard, but it appears that not all properties were certified.
The problem that many PRC homeowners face today, is trying to establish exactly what repairs were undertaken to their properties and by whom?
In cases where the property was repaired to a high certifiable level, it may be possible to obtain certification following a full survey by a qualified surveyor who is familiar with the the requirements of the PRC certification scheme.
The BRE (Building Research Establishment) have established a new certification scheme aimed at assisting owners of Designated Defective PRC properties. A link to their scheme webpage can be found HERE.
Their webpage has a form attached, where homeowners can seek advice relating to their own specific issues. It may be worth contacting them in respect of the work already undertaken to your property by the council. They may be able to advise further on the best course of action to take, and in particular, to establish if your property was repaired to the PRC scheme level of certification.
At the same time, I would suggest filing a freedom of information request with your local council, asking for all information they have, in relation to the councils stock of Unity PRC dwellings. They should be able to respond providing they have not transferred their housing stock to a housing association. Unfortunately, independent housing associations do not have to respond to FOI requests.
Please let me know how you get on.