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.
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020
New government legislation states that landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person. The Regulations also state that a landlord is required to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and test, supply it to each tenant within 28 days and retain a copy until the next inspection is due.
1st July 2020 - Rule applies to new tenancies - As of this date, a landlord must supply a tenant with a satisfactory EICR report prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
1st April 2021 - Rule applies to all existing tenancies - A landlord must supply any current tenants with a copy of a satisfactory EICR report.
Maintaining the safety of a tenants home environment is vital and the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is the best way of monitoring the electrics within the property. Prop Cert have fully qualified electricians throughout the UK completing EICRs. If you are a letting agent, landlord or anyone looking for electricians to complete EICRs then please do get in touch.
After a Fixed Wire or Periodic Test you will have received an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). If this report contained any C1 or C2 codes, or Further Investigation recommendations your installation has a high level of risk or danger to employees or customers.
You will need to appoint a suitably qualified contractor, such as Intersafe, immediately to complete the remedial electrical work required to resolve these issues, in order to receive a satisfactory report. Until the remedial electrical work is completed, your installation is not compliant with Health & Safety legislation.
If your EICR report contained any C3 codes, these are advisory and do not legally require remedial action, however, it has been identified that part of your electrical installation is no longer up to the required standard and remedial action is recommended.