RCDs must protect all powered garages, sheds, and outbuildings.

When two RCDs won’t cut it

Most home owners are aware that every dwelling must have two RCDs fitted before being sold or rented. However, a recent settlement has revealed how unprotected outbuildings can slip under a seller’s notice.

Prior to putting his home up for sale, Mr Brent (name changed) had hired an electrician to install two RCDs that covered the power and lighting circuits of the house.

Upon accepting an offer to buy the property, Mr Brent was asked by the buyer whether the large, powered garage at the back of the property was protected.

Having assumed that the garage was covered by the same RCDs as his house, Mr Brent was surprised to discover that the garage was on a separate circuit that was not protected by an RCD.

In addition to the host of other tasks that come with moving house, he now needs to install another RCD to comply with state law under which “Every home sold or leased must be fitted with a minimum of two RCDs which must protect all power and lighting circuits.

To avoid risking a fine, sellers should ensure that their entire property is covered by RCDs as soon as possible.

By reminding sellers to check that outbuildings such as sheds, garages or granny flats are covered by the appropriate RCDs, you can help avoid a last-minute rush to comply.

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