Owners of buildings with specified systems need to supply council with a BWoF annually (including IQP certification).
Last updated: 15 March 2016
If you are thinking of buying a building with any specified systems, it is important to do your research first so you are aware of the ongoing responsibilities.
As the new owner of a property, you will become responsible for the proper functioning of all specified systems in the building.
This includes making sure the required inspections and maintenance are carried out, and that you issue an annual building warrant of fitness (BWoF).
Before you purchase a building
You should check to make sure the building you are looking to purchase has a BWoF for its specified systems.
The vendor of the building should be able to provide you with the BWoF documents. Your local council will also have copies of the documents you should verify.
It is a good idea to view the maintenance logs and service records for all the specified systems to ensure the compliance schedule has been complied with to date.
Check which IQPs are used
You may find it helpful to ask which independent qualified persons (IQPs) the vendor currently uses to inspect, maintain and report on the building’s specified systems. You might wish to contact the same IQPs since they already have knowledge of the building’s systems.
However, you may also prefer to get quotes and contract other IQPs.
Notify your council
Once you have purchased the building, you will need to let your council know you are the new owner.
The council will amend their records, including the compliance schedule, to reflect your details.