Electrical Installation Conditions Report (EICR)
For Landlords, Homeowners and Business, Commercial and Industrial Premises.
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Why do I need an EICR?
New regulations came into force on 1st June 2020, these apply to new tenancies from 1st July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1st April 2021.
Most landlords already make sure their rental properties are safe but now it is essential and a requirement for all landlords to ensure the safety of their tenants and the new government regulations mean landlords must have the electrial installations in their properties inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years. They also have to provide a copy of their Electrical Installation Conditions Report to their tenants and local authority if needed.
You can find out more on gov.uk but below are some snippets to help explain:
What will be tested?
The ‘fixed’ electrical parts of the property, like the wiring, the socket-outlets (plug sockets), the light fittings and the consumer unit (or fuse box) will be inspected. This will include permanently connected equipment such as showers and extractors.
What will happen in the inspection?
The inspection will find out if:
- – any electrical installations are overloaded
- – there are any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards
- – there is any defective electrical work
- – there is a lack of earthing or bonding – these are 2 ways of preventing electrical shocks that are built into electrical installations
Landlords must obtain a report (usually an Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR) from the person conducting the inspection and test which explains its outcomes and any investigative or remedial work required.
Landlords must then supply a copy of this report to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test, to a new tenant before they occupy the premises, and to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.
If a local authority requests it, landlords must supply them with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving the request.
If the report requires remedial work or further investigation, landlords must provide written confirmation that the work has been carried out to their tenant and to the local authority within 28 days of completing the work.
Landlords must retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test.
Contact us if you require an inspection by a qualified electrician and need a EICR certificate.