What are EICR reports and why do I need one?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a crucial document that assesses the safety and condition of the electrical installations within a property. EICRs are essential to ensure electrical safety, prevent potential risks, and comply with legal requirements.

We regularly carry out these inspections and test electrical systems in a building, identifying any potential hazards, faults, or non-compliance with regulations.

Read on for the key aspects covered by EICR reports and their significance.

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An example EICR

What hazards can EICR reports identify?

EICRs will identify electrical hazards and risks that could pose a threat to the safety of occupants, property, and neighbouring structures.

These hazards might include faulty wiring, inadequate grounding, overloaded circuits, or outdated electrical components.

The EICR assesses the condition of electrical installations, including wiring, sockets, switches, distribution boards, and other components. It identifies signs of wear and tear, corrosion, and potential deterioration that could compromise safety.

What are the legal requirements around EICRs?

Landlord EICR Responsibilities:

As of June 1, 2020, landlords in England are legally obligated to provide a valid EICR for all rental properties and every five years thereafter. This regulation ensures that rented properties meet electrical safety standards.

For new tenancies, landlords must ensure that a satisfactory EICR is obtained before the tenancy begins.

If the EICR identifies any remedial work or improvements, landlords are obligated to complete these within a specific timeframe, depending on the severity of the issues.

Landlords must provide a copy of the EICR to the tenants before or on the commencement of the tenancy. Additionally, copies must be provided to new tenants within 28 days of the inspection and to local authorities if requested.

Commercial Businesses Responsibilities:

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers and property owners have a duty of care to ensure the safety of employees, visitors, and customers. This includes maintaining safe electrical installations in commercial properties. Regular inspections help maintain safe working environments and comply with workplace safety regulations.

Do I require an EICR for new installations?

The primary purpose of an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is to assess and report on the safety and condition of existing electrical installations within a property.

For new electrical installations, there is a different process that involves compliance with the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671). These regulations provide the standards and guidelines for the design, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems in the UK.

When a new electrical installation is carried out, electricians and contractors should follow the relevant regulations to ensure that the installation is safe and meets the required standards.

My EICR requires further action. What do I do?

If your report has identified risks with your electrical installation, it is vitally important that steps are taken to remedy the problems.

Prioritise: If the report highlights any deficiencies or risks, prioritize the recommended remedial work based on their severity. Some issues may require immediate attention, while others can be addressed over time.

Obtain Quotes and book a Repair: If the report recommends significant repairs or upgrades, obtain quotes and repairs from qualified electricians or contractors. Foster Electrical can provide quotes on all types of electrical work from domestic to commercial.

Keep your tenants informed: If you’re a landlord or managing a property, communicate the findings of the EICR report to your tenants or occupants. Keep them informed about any necessary repairs and the steps being taken to ensure their safety.

Retest: Once the remedial work is completed, arrange for the electrician to retest the electrical installations to ensure they now meet safety standards. This is especially important for more significant repairs.

Keep Documentation: Keep a copy of the EICR report, along with any subsequent inspection reports and certificates. These documents are important for demonstrating compliance with safety regulations and standards.

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An example EICR

Obtain an EICR Report

If you’re a landlord and need an EICR for your rental property, we currently have 20% off EICR’s when coming direct to us. Alternatively, fill in the form at the bottom of this page and one of our electrical experts will be in touch!

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