Electrical Installation Condition Report — EICR
What is an EICR?
The EICR, or Electrical Inspection Condition Report, is an in-depth inspection of your property’s electrical systems and installation. The inspection is to assess and identify any condition, deterioration or defect which has the potential to result in danger. In this report, all the electrical systems and installations present in residential or commercial buildings are thoroughly inspected.
What are the legal implications?
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020
New 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.
Complete EPC has been conducting periodic tests for long enough to know all the critical areas that need to be tested. Under our supervisions a successful test will uncover:-
- Any circuits or equipment’s that are dangerously overloaded.
- Potential risks of electrical shocks and fires.
- Faulty electrical work (if any)
- If there is an absence of any earthing or bonding were needed.
What do the codes mean?
The EICR assesses the competency of your electrics by three categories. The Electrical Installation Condition Report is not a simple pass or fail, so much as an informative record of all your electrical equipment and circuits and whether the system is at a safety risk. The three categories are as follows:
- C1 – There is a danger present, risk of injury and will need immediate attention and remedial action.
- C2 – There is potential danger and advises urgent attention and remedial action.
- C3 – That there is no danger but an improvement of the electrical system is recommended.
It is our recommendation that you get your home checked for electrical safety every 10 years if it is an owner occupied home or every 5 years if it is a rented home. If you live in a caravan then you should get the periodic inspection done every 3 years. If you live in a home that has swimming pool, it will require an individual Electrical Installation Condition Report — EICR which will be valid for only one year.
Considering the sensitive nature of periodic inspections, Complete EPC has employed only certified and properly trained staff to inspect the electrical condition of your home. Once our staff has explored all the necessary areas of your home you will be assigned Electrical Installation Condition Report — EICR detailing their complete findings. You can also trust any reports presented to you, by landlord for example, which were made by Complete EPC because our reports are famous for portraying the true condition of your home.