26 Jul How often should landlords have EICR?
Whether you’re the landlord of one or several properties, you have a duty of care to your tenants – and that means providing homes that are safe for them to live in.
An Electrical Installation Condition Report – or EICR – can help you fulfil that duty of care and your legal obligations, by making sure the electrical systems in a building are well maintained.
Much like servicing a boiler, or an MOT for a car, the electrics in a residential building need to be checked regularly for any signs of wear or deterioration. EICR for landlords provides the peace of mind – and documented proof – that the electrical installations are safe.
But just how often should you have an EICR on the properties you let?
There are three points at which landlords are advised to employ the services of a professional electrician for an electrical safety check.
- EICR for a new property – For landlords who buy to let, a property is like any purchase or investment and it makes sense to know exactly what you’re getting before parting with any money. This can prevent unforeseen costs down the line. A general homebuyer’s survey does not include an inspection of the electrics, yet faulty electrics could cost thousands of pounds to fix – not to mention the risk to safety.
- At change of occupancy – You may have had the electrics inspected at the time of buying a new property, but it is also recommended to get them checked again when one tenant leaves and before a new one arrives. This will enable you to carry out a full safety check to make sure nothing has deteriorated or been damaged during the previous tenancy. It also provides documented proof, both for yourself and the tenant, that the electrics were inspected at the beginning of their tenancy, which can be crucial in the event of any accidents or incidents occurring.
- Every five years – If there is no change of occupancy in the meantime, EICR for landlords is recommended every five years. EICRs will look for any damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions or non-compliances with present day safety standards and should be checked every five years to make sure nothing has changed which would cause concern.
EICR for landlords – the legal requirement
Although an EICR Report in itself is not a legal requirement, landlords have a duty of care to their tenants under The Landlords and Tenants Act 1985. This includes making sure the electrics in a rented property are safe at the beginning of a tenancy and maintained in a safe condition throughout.
Carrying out an EICR Test regularly will ensure reasonable measures have been taken to comply with the Act.
At EICR Testing, all our engineers are trained to City & Guilds 2395 Inspection and Testing Level, specifically for the periodic testing and inspection of electrical installations. We have extensive experience when it comes to electrical testing for landlords.
For more information about EICR for landlords, please contact the EICR Testing team.