Electrical Installation Condition Report...

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), checks that your electrical installations or circuits conform to the latest wiring regulations, in order to ensure you are compliant with relevant safety legislation. New Regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at an interval of at least every 5 years. Landlords have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants, and to their local authority if requested. A good way to check if a electrician is qualified & competent is to check if they are registered with a governing body like NICIEC, NAPIT, ELESCA
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The standards that should be met are set out in the 18th edition of the Wiring Regulations. The Regulations state that a landlord must ensure that electrical safety standards are met, and that investigative or remedial work is carried out if the report requires it. The electrical installation should be safe for continued use. In practice, if the report does not require investigative or remedial work, the landlord will not be required to carry out any further work.

The charity Electrical Safety First have put together a suite of guidance that may be useful for landlords in understanding the standard:

What will be inspected and tested?

The ‘fixed’ electrical parts of the property, like the wiring, the socket-outlets (plug sockets), the light fittings and the consumer unit (or fuse box) will be inspected. This will include permanently connected equipment such as showers and extractors fans.

What will happen in the inspection?

After a full inspection and test is carried out it will find out:

  • If the electrical installation is overloaded
  • If there are any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards
  • If there is any defective electrical work
  • If there is a lack of earthing or bonding – these are 2 ways of preventing electrical shocks that are built into electrical installations


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