What are my responsibilities?
As a landlord, you’re legally responsible for the safety of the electrics throughout the property – this includes the installation itself and any electrical appliances you’ve provided.
You’ll need to make sure these are safe when a new tenant moves in and maintained for the duration of their tenancy.
Since the 1st June 2020, private landlords are now legally required to have an EICR at least every five years.
If you don’t, you risk fines of up to £30,000 and your insurance could be invalidated.
What is checked?
There are five main things your electrician will do when performing an EICR:
- They’ll record the results of their inspection and tests to make sure the electrics are safe to be used until the next inspection (following any necessary works)
- They’ll find and report any damage or wear and tear that might make the electrics unsafe
- They’ll check for anything that doesn’t meet the IET wiring regulations
- They’ll check for anything that may cause electric shocks and high temperatures
- They’ll provide a record of the installation at the time of inspection
Most frequent questions and answers
EICR stands for an Electrical Installation Conditioning Report. An EICR is a test to check the safety and condition of electrical installations.
It is carried out to establish whether the electrical installations are maintained to a satisfactory standard.
A minor power outage can be expected on circuit when it is being tested, but the majority of the testing is done while the system is still live.
The minor outages will be clearly communicated to you or the tenant to minimise disruption.
These can take anywhere from 3 hours to a full day depending on size.
To make these as quick and efficient as possible, we ask that there is clear access to your fuse board etc.