What Is An Electrical Inspection Condition Report And Why Do Landlords Need One?

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The Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) is a document that the landlord must provide to a tenant or anyone else with an interest in the property. Although having an EICR has always been considered best practice for Landlords, until recently it was optional. However, since 2020 this has now become a legal requirement, with landlords must conduct an EICR at least every 5 years.

What is an Electrical Inspection Condition Report?

An Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) is a document that assesses the safety of an electrical installation. It has to be carried out by a qualified electrician, such as our team at Godiva Build, and provides a landlord with evidence that their property meets the legal safety requirements. 

An EICR can also be used to identify any areas of improvement that may be required, such as upgrading to a new electrical standard or fixing any damaged or worn parts of the installation. By having an up-to-date EICR, landlords can ensure that their property is safe for tenants to live in and avoid any potential legal liabilities.

Why Landlords Need to Have One

As a landlord, you are responsible for the condition of your rental property. This includes making sure that the electrical system is safe for your tenants. An electrical inspection condition report (EICR) can help you identify any potential problems with the electrical system so that you can make the necessary repairs.

An EICR is typically required when a property is first listed for rent, and then again every five years. If there have been any major changes to the electrical system (such as an upgrade to the wiring), then an EICR may also be required.

While it may seem like an extra expense, an EICR is actually an essential safety measure. It can help prevent fires and other accidents that could occur if the electrical system is not up to standard or has issues that could cause serious hazards. In the long run, it will save you money and protect your tenants.

When Should Landlords Have An Electrical Inspection Condition Report Checked?

As a landlord, you should have an electrical inspection condition report checked at least every five years. This will ensure that your property meets safety standards and that any potential problems are identified and rectified. Having an up-to-date report can also help to protect you from liability in the event of an accident or incident.

Who Can Conduct An Electrical Inspection Condition Report Check?

A landlord should ensure that only a suitably qualified person carries out an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR). A qualified person is someone who is registered with a competent person scheme or is a member of a trade association, such as our friendly team of electricians at Godiva Build. The work must also be carried out in accordance with the IET Wiring Regulations.

How To Get A Copy of Your Electrical Inspection Condition Report

As a landlord, you are required to have an electrical inspection condition report (EICR) carried out every five years. This is to ensure that the electrical installation in your property is safe and meets current standards.

Once the EICR is carried out, you will receive a certificate that you must keep within your records and pass to your tenants (your local authority may also request a copy too).

Your EICR will contain information on any faults that were found during the inspection, and will also give details of any work that needs to be carried out to remedy these faults. It is important that you address any faults as soon as possible, as they could pose a risk to the safety of your tenants.

For more information on EICRs and to book yours, please get in touch

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