13 Jan EICR for Landlords
New measures designed to ensure mandatory electrical inspections are carried out by competent and qualified inspectors.
An Electrical Installation Condition Report – or EICR – is an in-depth inspection of the electrical systems at your home, place of work or public premises.
The purpose of an EICR report is to ensure the electrical systems in a building are safe and well maintained. It should be carried out periodically by electrically competent, qualified electricians.
Why landlords need an EICR
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.
How often do I need an EICR?
Landlords are advised to commission an EICR test at least once every five years, or at change of occupancy. This means checking all electrics for safety before a new tenant moves in and making sure they are safely maintained throughout.
EICR process for landlords
At EICR Testing, our technicians are specially trained to City & Guilds 2395 Inspection and Testing level for the specific periodic testing and inspection of electrical installations. They also undergo regular training and development to ensure they keep up to date with constantly changing legislation and guidelines. As such they will be able to advise landlords about their obligations in this respect and make recommendations for the best course of action.
During the test, the technician will look for any damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions or non-compliances with present day safety standards. This includes looking at the condition of electrical systems and how they have been installed.
Any faults found within the system will be listed in the report, including the reason for the failure, and graded in terms of their severity in accordance with EICR fault codes.
The test will look at issues such as potential shock and fault risk, any problems with circuits or equipment that could lead to overheating, potential safety issues with bonding or earthing, and identify any upgrades that are needed.
Once your electrical system has passed the inspection fully and any urgent remedial work has been completed, you will be provided with an EICR Certificate of safety, giving you peace of mind that your electrics are safe.
Further help and support is available by contacting the EICR Testing team of specialist advisors.