What is an EICR? We conduct electrical safety audits in and around Harrow (HA9)
In summary, an EICR or Electrical Installation Condition Report is an electrical assessment conducted on the condition of your building electrics, inclusive of all wiring, sockets, switches and your consumer unit.
EICRs were previously named PIRs or Periodic Inspection Reports and this test must always be completed by a professional electrician. Commercial condition reports and EICRs within rental properties required by law read our blog: Landlords Is your wiring up to scratch?
Brent condition report electrical: What is the recommended frequency for electrical safety tests?
EICRs and other electrical safety tests are important and should not be ignored or delayed. The interval between each report is determined by the previous inspection but it is normally as follows:
- Every ten years: For owner-occupied homes
- Every year: For properties with swimming pools
- Every five years: For tenanted properties and commercial properties, such as shops, offices, pubs, hotels, schools and churches
- Every three years: For caravans and industrial premises
Other times when this inspection is recommended include:
- For new properties or when buying a new home (this test is known as a home buyer electric report)
- When a property is being prepared for letting or on each change of tenant
Do I need an EICR?
If you have ever wondered if you need an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report), the answer is yes. Whether you own your own home or a property, which you rent out, or you are responsible for a non-domestic property, an EICR is always necessary.
Home-owners: Whilst it may not be a legal requirement within owner-occupied homes to have an EICR, home owners should have their electrics tested regularly, to ensure they are safe to use and are functioning correctly. This will minimise the chance of electrical faults, which could lead to electric shocks or fire and even be a risk to life. EICRs are often recommended during the house buying and selling process.
Businesses: Employers are legally responsible for the health and safety of their employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. They are also required to safeguard staff against the risk of injury sustained from electricity used during work conditions under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
Landlords: Landlords have a duty of care towards their tenants under The Landlords and Tenants Act 1985, and this ensures checking the electrics within their rental properties are safe at the start of a tenancy and maintained throughout. EICRs for both landlords and businesses provide proof that they have met their legal obligations and are often required for insurance purposes.