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Electrical Installation Condition Report

What is an EICR? Do I need one? 

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An electrical installation condition report (EICR), or periodic inspection report as they used to be called are often referred to by customers as a Landlord Safety Test or Homebuyers Test.

Do I need an Electrical Condition Report? The simple answer is yes, whether it?s your home, a business or a property you rent out, your electrical installation should always be covered by an in date Electrical Condition Report. Although it?s not a legal requirement to have an Electrical Condition Report many legal documents refer to an Electrical Condition Report as a way of satisfying their requirements- The Electricity at Work Act as one example.

Do you know that if you rent out a property and your tenant is electrocuted due to unsafe electrics then you can be prosecuted? Claiming that you were unaware of the condition of the electrical installation is not a suitable defence by the way. In many areas, the local council will insist on a Condition Report for licencing rental properties.

What about the subject of insurance? Many insurers require an Electrical Condition Report before providing cover, especially where workers or the public are concerned. How would you feel about being taken to court for electrocuting a customer or employee only for your insurer to tell you that you?re not covered and you?ll have to cover the costs?

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Whats is inspected in an EICR?

During an EICR, the consumer unit (or fuseboard), wiring and electrical accessories are thoroughly tested and inspected for faults or deviations from the Wiring Standards. Throughout the test, the following will be inspected and tested:

  • The adequacy of the earthing and bonding.
  • Devices for protection against fire and electric shock.
  • Any damage or wear and tear that might affect the safety of the properties inhabitants.
  • Identification of any damaged electrical fittings and accessories.
  • Identification of any exposed live wires that could cause a fire or injury.

An EICR should only be carried out by a skilled and competent registered electrician with the experience to know what they are looking for. Believe it or not, all electricians are not the same! EICRs require a high level of skill and these skills are only gained after considerable additional training and years of experience.

What happens during an EICR testing?

The electrician will check the electrical installation against the requirements of BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations ( IEE Wiring Regulations) – as amended, which is the national safety standard for electrical installations, and contains around 850 Regulations.

What is an EICR?;

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a formal method of recording the findings of the periodic inspection, on six pages for domestic installations and for larger installations.

The main purpose of an EICR is to report on the safety condition of an existing installation. Last Box on page 1 of an electrical installation condition report will describe the overall condition as either ‘satisfactory’, in which case no immediate remedial work is required, or ‘unsatisfactory’ which means remedial work is required to make the installation safe to use.

Where an EICR describes the installation as ‘unsatisfactory’, the next thing to look on page 3`Observations and Recommendations for Actions to be Taken’.

This is where any departures from BS 7671 are recorded, and a code to indicate the urgency of the action needed is given.

Code 1 – Danger present, Risk of injury, Immediate remedial action required

Code 2 – Potentially dangerous, urgent remedial action required

Code 3 – Improvement required

F1 – Further investigation required without delay

Code 1 indicates a dangerous condition that requires urgent attention to make the installation safe. Once the necessary remedial work has been completed, an appropriate landlord electrical certificate should be issued to confirm that the remedial work has been carried out in accordance with BS 7671. The electrician will give a summary of the inspection in the report, which will give a clear indication of the condition of the electrical installation, taking into account all relevant circumstances.

What happens after an EICR testing?:

If an electrical installation condition report is satisfactory you will be given your document and no further action will be needed until your next report is due.

If the report recommends improvements to the installation, We will give you a no obligation quotation for the remedial works to be carried out. If the remedial works are carried out by our self you will also be given a discounted Electrical Installation Condition Report reflecting the changes that you have made and to outline that the periodic inspection has now been recognised as satisfactory.

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