It has come to my attention where Co. Councils are insisting on a OFTEC registered plumber to sign off even where the plumbers are fully qualifed plumbers and have certificates from college and have done their full apprenticeships. The Councils are insisting on this in favour of any other qualifications and are witholding rent payments until an OFTEC registered plumber is employed to certify a boiler. In my area most of the good plumbers are not interested in registering with OFTEC. Are the Councils exceeding their powers in this situation. I would appreciate constructive answers. Not affecting me at the moment.