Electrical Installation Condition Report

What Is An EICR?

The Electrical Installation Condition Report

Most of the components of an electrical installation are out of sight. Consumer units are stowed in cupboards and cabling inside the walls for example. It’s easy for electrical equipment to be out of sight and out of mind.

However, no electrical system is immune to damage, wear and tear, with faulty wiring being one of the major causes of electrical fires in homes.

To keep your premises and the occupants safe, a regular EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report, also known as Periodic Inspection & Testing), conducted by a suitably qualified electrician, is recommended – and in some cases (as for rental properties) it is a legal obligation.

How is an EICR carried out?

To complete an EICR a qualified electrician, registered with a competent person’s scheme, needs to check the condition of the electrics in your property against the British standard for the safety of electrical installations (BS7671).

After working through a check-list and a series of tests (which can take four hours or more depending on the size of the property) the electrician will issue the landlord or property owner with an EICR which details any issues identified with the electrical installation that might be dangerous or potentially dangerous.

These issues could be things like overloaded electrical circuits, potential electric shock risks and fire hazards, defective DIY electrical work, and a lack of earthing or bonding.

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Interpreting and acting on an EICR

The report you receive summarises the condition of the electrics in your home, recording the electrician’s observations and makes recommendations for improvements.

If the report remarks that the condition of the installation is “unsatisfactory”, there will then be a list of “observations and recommendations for actions to be taken”.

When to have an EICR

Homeowners should have an EICR conducted every 10 years. It is also wise to have an EICR before buying or selling a previously occupied home – most mortgage and insurance companies will insist on it.

Business and commercial properties need an EICR every five years as part of their compliance with health and safety requirements and The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989.

Landlords with tenants in accommodation (including HMOs) are bound by The Landlords and Tenants Act (1985) to ensure and maintain the safety of electrical installations at their rental properties. They need to have an EICR when tenants move in, and again every five years until the end of the tenancy. Tenants should be provided with a copy of the EICR before they move into a property, and within 28 days of any repeat or replacement inspection.

An EICR is a professional procedure made to ensure your safety at home and at work. It’s an investment worth making that could save lives and property.

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