An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is also known as the periodic inspection or fixed wiring check for domestic properties in England. It is a regular inspection report conducted by qualified electricians and aims to ensure that the electrical installation of a home is safe and not an electrical fire or shock risk.
Why Do You Need an EICR?
If you are a landlord, a Satisfactory EICR is a legal requirement.
Government legislation states that landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person. The Regulations also state that a landlord is required to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and test, supply it to each tenant within 28 days and retain a copy until the next inspection is due.
1st July 2020 - Rule applies to new tenancies - As of this date, a landlord must supply a tenant with a satisfactory EICR report prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
1st April 2021 - Rule applies to all existing tenancies - A landlord must supply any current tenants with a copy of a satisfactory EICR report.
Just like having your car regularly checked, getting an approved contractor to examine your electrical system ensures that the property is fit for purpose.
The majority of electrical fires in the UK are caused by faulty and old wiring. You can minimise the risk of fire and shocks by regularly checking your electrical installations like cables, wires and appliances.
However, some installations are hidden inside cupboards, flooring and walls and are often forgotten when a general check of the house is carried out. An EICR involves a comprehensive inspection of your electrical system to identify electrical safety risks and correct them before it’s too late.
The aim of the inspection is to:
On completion of the inspection a certificate detailing our findings will be issued. The report will either be labelled as SATISFACTORY or UNSATISFACTORY. If the report has been labelled as unsatisfactory, then the electrician has identified faults that are C1 or C2 classified.
Since electrical installations are prone to damage and wear and tear, they should be checked by an electrician regularly.
Rental properties require an inspection at least once every five years. Landlords are required to have their properties examined whenever they have a new tenant, and homeowners are recommended to ask for a copy of the EICR to identify any remedial work to be done.
Sometimes an electrician would recommend having an EICR more frequently on the:
Who should carry out the electrical certificate?
Only accredited, competent persons, such as a registered electrician, should carry out electrical inspection reports or certificates. They will check the condition of the electrics against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations).
All our engineers are either NIC/EIC or NAPIT registered and are fully qualified to carry out electrical certificates or domestic electrical installation condition reports.
Remedial work and certificate of safety
An EICR will determine if your electrical installations are suitable for continued use. If you received an “unsatisfactory” mark, it means that your system needs remedial work to ensure the safety of you and your property.
The electrician will provide recommendations based on three codes:
In addition to the copy of the EICR, you’ll receive a quote for recommended remedial works. Once the issues are corrected, you’ll receive a certificate showing that your electrical systems are safe for continued use.
Get peace of mind knowing that your electrical installations are safe and well maintained. For an EICR test, choose our services at Energy Performance Certificates.
Whether you’re a homeowner or a landlord, enjoy a quick and simple booking process to complete an EICR inspection. Book online or call us for a quote and our team will get back to you within 24 hours.
We have a nationwide panel of fully qualified electricians who will conduct a comprehensive examination of your property. They inspect your installations quickly and thoroughly, making as minimal disruption on your daily activities as possible.
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As part of our 5-star service, ease and convenience is something we proudly offer clients. Placing an order via our portal takes less than a minute. Once placed, the order gets assigned to our local electrician, who will make contact with the client the next day.
An appointment will be booked within one to three days. Once the order is confirmed, the client will receive an email confirmation.
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