All rented properties must undertake an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) to minimise risk in the home and ensure ongoing safety. However, we are aware that can be confusion as to what this means, what it entails and how often it should take place. As an independent electrical inspection company who specialise in these certificates, we thought we would offer up our advice below.
Here we have put together some frequently asked questions about electrical inspection & testing for rental properties.
Q. What is an EICR?
An EICR is also known as a Fixed Wiring Testing, Periodic inspection or an electrical safety certificate. It gives you an accurate overview of the condition of your electrical installations at the time of review.
Your EICR identifies potential danger and outlines recommended remedial work, classified by urgency C1 = Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required. C2 = Potentially dangerous. Urgent remedial action required. C3 = Improvement recommended. FI = Further investigation required without delay.
For your EICR to be deemed ‘SATISFACTORY’ all C1, C2 and FI defects must be completed. C3 defects are recommendation only.
Q. Why do I need an EICR at my property?
An electrical inspection will indicate whether your electrical installations are safe and compliant at the time of testing. EICR’s are carried out in accordance with BS:7671 18th Edition. Here are 4 key reasons why your inspection is vital to the safety of your staff, and your business:
1. Electrical Installation Compliance
Electrical installations and wiring can deteriorate over time, or be poorly maintained between inspections. Often these changes go undetected until either an EICR is carried out or a problem arises. It is important to identify whether your electrical installations are satisfactory and safe for continued use.
2. Health & Safety
An EICR for rental properties helps to mitigate any risk of injury. It is designed to prevent related injuries such as electric shock or burns. Not only does it promote health and safety, it also minimises the risk of potential damage for your property too.
3. Landlord’s insurance
It is important that you hold the correct documents to ensure validity of landlord insurance. Without having a valid EICR in p;ace, your landlords insurance will be invalid.
This ensures that if there is a suspected electrical fault that causes injury or property damage in the future, you can provide evidence that you had the correct electrical testing procedure carried out. This includes any remedial work you undertake.
4. It is money saving!
Carrying out an EICR is classed as preventative maintenance rather than reactive maintenance. It makes sense to identify and then rectify electrical issues BEFORE they cause disruption to your tenants and to your property. Reactive call outs and maintenance regimes always cost a premium to the client.
Q. How do I get an EICR carried out?
Many electricians and electrical companies offer these services. Possibly your current electrical provider will already offer this service. However, as an EICR is a safety inspection, we would advise that this is carried out by an independent electrical inspection company who specialise in these services.
Q. What is involved?
Your qualified & competent electrical test engineer will:
Discuss and agree the extent and limitation of the EICR before starting.
Carry out a visual inspection of the installation
Test and inspect any circuits available
Highlight any faulty electrical installations (Photographs are taken)
Check for outdated installations
Any C1 defects (immediate dangers) will be reported and fixed as a priority (following client approval)
Complete the detailed and thorough EICR report.
Once you approve any remedial work, you will be issued with an electrical safety certificate also known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
Q. How often should my property have an EICR carried out?
In order to stay compliant with UK law and regulation, it is important that you renew your EICR for your rental property in accordance with the interval set out on your previous report (5 years, 10 years)
If you own your property an EICR should be done every 10 years.
If the property is rented an EICR should be done every 5 years or every change of tenancy.
Q. Why choose Quinnergy to carry out your EICR?
We understand that keeping on top of compliance can be hard and a bit of a minefield at times, however Quinnergy pride ourselves on the fact that we can take care of all your compliance needs for you and give you total peace of mind!
Please get in touch with the team if you have any queries or if you would like to book in an EICR with us!
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01355 201206.