joebre wrote:In light of some of the responses, perhaps I need to re-phrase the question slightly.
The original sales in the estate were accompanied by an archietcts certificate of compliance with the origional planning permission.
The CC have deternined that some works were unauthorised/not emempt and have instructed the builder to apply for retention.
On the assunption that the purchaser is getting a mortgage, what can the architect certify is there is a retention permission only recently lodged and no one knows how long it will take to get retention.
Surely any solicitor would advise his client not to close until the retention was granted?
While reason would lead one to believe that that should be the situation. I am aware of a solicitor who assembled documents to resemble a certificate of compliance to close the sales. Most purchasers solicitors do not query the certificate offered but this is another case when perhaps they should. On another thread in this forum unregistered architects get their certificates queried while it appears RIAI members do not. I am personally aware of defective certification form both members and non members of the RIAI.
The certifying architect in the instance you outline must be living in fear of a massive claim against his PI cover, that is assuming he has any. If the cert is defective make a claim but be warned any complaint made to the RIAI about a member will not be acted upon. There is no mechanism in place for any member of the public to complain about any registered architect so you will have to go legal. Were the houses covered by homebound and if so lodge a claim there also. I find it hard to believe the steps to the centre pivoting velux type window are acceptable and then maybe the steps are but the window is not it should be top hung and if I recall correctly the bottom of the window should be within 1.5m of the roof edge.
The more you post the bigger this mess appears to get.