EICR Testing and Inspection

Electrical Safety Regulations to come into force. Whether you’re a homeowner, an estate agent, or a private landlord, it is vital to ensure that all your residential electrical systems are safe and well maintained, following changes in legislation it is now a requirement under the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector 2020 to ensure that these properties for individual / family occupation and HMO's are tested and inspected. The regulations came into force on 1 June 2020, they apply to new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.
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At Elec-Tech, our highly qualified engineers can provide you with a complete range of services including:

  • EICR reports for Rental Properties Electrical Safety Regulations for all Let / Tenanted & HMO properties. 
  • Electrical fault finding and breakdown repairs (usually within 1 hr)
  • Electrical Surveys for Purchasing and Letting
  • Electrical Installation Condition Report, EICR, in compliance with IET wiring regulations 18th Edition, BS 7671 produced on leading industry software supported by NICEIC
  • Domestic rewiring, upgrades & alteration works
  • Portable appliance testing PAT Testing.
  • Itemised electrical quotations as per the EICR report, so that the owner or landlord has full understanding of all works and costs.
  • We also supply and install security lights, including PIR (movement detection) and dawn-to-dusk photocell controlled systems. New ranges of LED lamps are also available and can be used for virtually any application

If it’s a new lighting system you’re looking for, we can design, build and install systems for any room in the house including the bathroom, patio and garden. We can also provide full design and installation of electric heating systems (incl. storage heaters and underfloor heating) and other amenities/accessories: electric showers, bathroom extractor fans, digital electric radiators and electric towel rails.

From an extra light socket to a complete electrical renovation, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today, and find out what Elec-Tech can do for you.

 

What is an EICR report?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) Involves a suitably trained and registered Electrician attending the Property/Premises to undertake a detailed report of the circuits installed. This is more than just a visual inspection of the wiring system and requires turning the power off to these circuits and performing tests to check the condition of the wiring installed. Upon completion of the report, your electrician will be able to advise on the suitability of the electrical installation for continued safe use. They will be able to point out and explain any issues found during the report and advise on how best to bring the electrical installation up to a safe working standard. 

How often do you need an EICR?

The frequency of EICR testing is dependant on the type and use of your property or premises. You should find details at the consumer unit of the previous inspection date and recommended next date of inspection, Alternatively, this information can also be found on the most recent electrical certificate for the property. If you do not have any record of this chances are you are due an inspection. For more advice speak to your electrical contractor who can further advise you.

Why do I need an EICR?

The first and main reason for an EICR is safety, While it is easy to visually check the wiring accessories for damage you will require an electrician to check the condition of the wiring, the safety conductors within the circuits and the protective devices protecting the circuits. 

More recently in June 2020 Regulation came into force for private Landlords to improve the safety of electrical installations in their rented properties. This means Landlords are now required by law to get an EICR carried out and any remedial work completed within 28 days of the initial report. Further information on this can be found on the gov.uk website or by contacting an electrical contractor. 

Many insurance companies will also ask for a satisfactory electrical certificate as part of the conditions of the policy. Just because they haven’t asked for one doesn’t mean you don’t need one. It’s best to check your policy documents as a claim may be invalid if you have not maintained the electrical system by getting it regularly tested and repairing any issues identified.  

Who needs an EICR?

Do you own or are responsible for a building with an electrical installation? Then you need to make sure the electrical system is safe to use. The only way to do this is to make sure you have the system tested & inspected at regular intervals and make any repairs necessary. If the property is new then you will have a certificate issued for the initial installation of the electrical system. Once the initial period has passed this is when you need to begin EICR testing. 

Is an EICR a legal requirement?

Previously there has been no specific legal requirement for anyone to carry out an EICR, however, this changed as of June 2020 for all private landlords and the management of Houses of multiple occupancy (HMO’s) 

For all other property/premises owners there is still no specific legal requirement for an EICR. However, business & premises owners have a legal responsibility towards staff and customers/clients that use the building and electrical system through other regulations and these can be satisfied by carrying out regular EICR’s and the maintenance items identified. 

For domestic homeowners again there is no specific legal requirement but as mentioned before it is best to check your home insurance policy to see if an EICR is required so that in the event of a claim being made it is not refused. When you come to sell your house to move on you will find that they will ask for an up-to-date certificate in order to complete the house purchase. 

What must Landlords of privately rented accommodation do?

  • Ensure national standards for electrical safety are met. These are set out in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’, which are published as British Standard 7671.
  • Ensure the electrical installations in their rented properties are inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years.
  • Obtain a report from the person conducting the inspection and test which gives the results and sets a date for the next inspection and test.
  • Supply a copy of this report to the existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test.
  • Supply a copy of this report to a new tenant before they occupy the premises.
  • Supply a copy of this report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.
  • Supply the local authority with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving a request for a copy.
  • Retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test.
  • Where the report shows that remedial or further investigative work is necessary, complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary in the report.
  • Supply written confirmation of the completion of the remedial works from the electrician to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of completion of the works.

To speak to us about an EICR or any other service, please contact us

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