What is an EICR

An EICR is conducted by a certified technician who inspects the integrity of the electrical system of a home or building. This means inspecting all the electrical systems to make sure that they have been correctly installed and have been properly maintained. The report will state if the electrical system has been installed according to UK Standards for Safety of Electrical Installations (BS7671). If the electrical system passes the inspection, then an EICR will be issued. The report will also outline any faults or potential problems found during the inspection.

This may include electrical problems that need to be addressed immediately or preventative measures that should be implemented to avoid problems in the future.

Do I need an EICR?

An EICR must be completed for many types of buildings, including any commercial and residential buildings. If you are buying a home, it is highly recommended that you obtain an EICR. In fact, your mortgage provider or home insurance provider may require an EICR, especially if you are purchasing an older home.

Almost 15% of household fires are caused by electrical failures or faults each year, which means maintaining the electrical system in your home is very important. Legally, landlords are now required to have an EICR inspection completed every five years and tenants must be supplied a copy of this report prior to moving in.

What are the requirements for landlords to conduct an EICR?

As of July 1, 2020, landlords in England and Wales must undertake a EICR inspection on their rental property every five years. A copy of the EICR certificate must be given to the tenants within 28 days of the inspection and a copy must also be submitted to the local authority within 7 days of the completion of the inspection. All new tenants must be given a copy of the EICR prior to their move-in date. The non-compliance to these regulations could lead to monetary penalties and if a property is found to be unsafe, could lead to a criminal negligence charge. 

What is tested during an EICR inspection?

A certified technician will inspect the entire electrical system in a home or building. The inspection will include a visual check such as checking the integrity of sockets fuses/circuit breakers, fuse box, wirings, and the proper installation and earthing of electrical appliances. The technician will also perform a system inspection, which will require shutting off the mains power supply and checking the integrity of the whole electrical circuit.