EICRs and what they mean for your Muswell Hill (N12) property
An EICR is exactly what it says it is: A detailed report of the existing wiring installation and its condition. In order to make understanding and actioning the information, all reports are issued with the relevant fault codes:
C1 stands for immediate danger
C2 means that there is a potentially dangerous condition
C3 codes stand for when improvements are recommended to comply with current regulations.
If there are any of these codes present, you must act to prevent risk of faults and fire. If there are any C1 or C2 codes, then the EICR will be deemed as unsatisfactory.
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.