Landlord certificates

Is it usual practice for the landlord to pay for certificates before inspections are done. I need PAT, EICR and EPC inspections done and certificates for local council regulations.
Inspection company wanrs paid before jobs allocated and inspection carried out. Is this tge norm?

Asked by Seonaid on 8th May 2024
Expert Trade Answers
I would say this is not normal practice. Personally I would expect payment on completion of the certificates mentioned. The only time I would usually ask for money upfront may be for materials on larger jobs."
Answered on 8th May 2024 - Member since Feb 2024 - report
"Some bigger companies do ask for payment first I always do the test and when the certificate is ready to be sent request payment been many of times I have been refused payment because it failed and they didn’t want to pay for a failed certificate it’s up to you whether or not you want to forward with it or not"
Answered on 8th May 2024 - Member since Jan 2024 - report
"Hi, I agree with your previous answer, I would expect payment on completion of inspection, unless a large job was required."
Answered on 8th May 2024 - Member since Mar 2023 - report
"a percentage up front maybe, but full amount seems a bit much"
Answered on 9th May 2024 - Member since Mar 2020 - report
"Companies have their own policies. Some do all the inspection after they receive the full payment. Some part pay and some end of the job. But there were a few clients don't pay after job completed which put the tradespeople in a situation (I have come across few, unfortunately).

So my advice is, never pay in cash - pay via bacs and ask for letter headed invoice. I hope this helps."
Answered on 9th May 2024 - Member since Mar 2024 - report
"Hi this is not the norm, you should only be paying once the job has been completed. I would recommends you contact someone else and not pay the company that said you have to pay up front"
Answered on 30th May 2024 - Member since Apr 2024 - report
"This depends on the Inspection Company and Their Payment terms."
Answered on 20th May 2024 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
"We invoice after the work and then once payment has come through issue the certificates"
Answered on 23rd May 2024 - Member since Apr 2023 - report
"Hi no this is not normal practice if you need it doing my electrician can do all them tests and also fire alarm system test we won’t be beaten on price and you don’t pay till you get the certificate"
Answered on 16th May 2024 - Member since May 2024 - report
"It is common for Landlord to be invoiced on completion.
It has been seen that the contractor will issue the certificate on receipt of the payment.
There are online contractor's who will ask for funds in advance but I am sceptical of these ."
Answered on 28th May 2024 - Member since May 2024 - report
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