Published: 21/01/2021An electrical installation condition report (EICR) identifies any damage, issues, and recommended improvements through the testing of various circuits which will require the turning off the electrics at the main supply. The purpose of an EICR is to determine whether your property's electrical systems and installation is safe or if it is a potential risk that needs to be repaired. The report assesses the competency of your electrics by three different categories:
C1-this suggests that danger exists, and that urgent attention will be required.
C2-this suggests that the potential for danger exists and recommends immediate attention.
C3-this means that there is no risk to the electrical system, but also suggests improving the electrical system.
The Regulations were formally adopted on 1 April 2020.
They were applied from 1st July 2020 to all new tenancies in England and from 1 April 2021 to all current tenancies in England.
What is the purpose of the latest legislation for landlords?
Some responsibilities for landlords are set out in the compulsory electrical inspection regulations. It is expected of all private landlords to:
Obtain a report from the qualified person, the results of the inspection should include the category it falls in and test and the date of the next one.
Supply a copy of the report to each existing tenant on the premises within 28 days of the inspection.
Supply a copy of the EICR report to the local housing authority within 7 days of receiving a request from the authority.
Keep a copy of the report to give to the electrician that carries out the next inspection and test.
Who can Carry out an EICR?
Only registered electricians should carry out an EICR. You can search for a registered electrical contractor in your area by visiting:
www.niceic.com or www.elecsa.co.uk and typing in your postcode.