ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONDITION REPORT
What is an EICR?
An Electrical Installation Condition Report is a report regarding the condition of the electrical installation in a home and to identify any safety shortcomings, defects or deviations from the current revision of the electrical regulations BS7671.
Who should perform an EICR?
An electrical installation condition report should be performed by a qualified electrician with the necessary experience and extensive knowledge of the type of installation they are testing.
Who needs an EICR?
it is not a statutory requirement to have an EICR performed on the electrical installation on privately owned domestic properties, it is advised that the electrical installation of all properties are tested and inspected at regular intervals and no later than once every ten years.
For privately rented properties it might not be a statutory requirement, although that is dependent on the area that you live in. It is important to ensure that all electrical appliances and fittings within the property are safe and in good working order, as you can still be held liable if there is an injury caused by an unsafe electrical installation.
For a House of Multiple Occupancy or an HMO, it has been a statutory requirement for over five years; it states that the building management should;
‘ensures that every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at intervals not exceeding five years by a person qualified to undertake such inspection and testing’
It is a statutory requirement that commercial properties and properties where the public have access; are regularly checked and that an EICR is perform on the electrical services. The period between inspections is determined by the function and the use of the building.
As a landlord, what responsibility do I have in relation to the electrics in a property that I intend to let?
You have a duty of care to your tenant and must ensure that the installation is safe when they enter the property and is maintained throughout their tenure.
The Landlords and Tenants Act (1985) requires that the electrical installation in a rented property is:
safe when a tenancy begins and
maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy.
We recommend that in order to comply with this Act, you get a registered electrician to carry out an Electrical Condition Report (EICR) on any property you intend to let before getting tenants in. This will certify whether the electrics are safe and tell you if anything needs upgrading.