What is an EICR?
An EICR or an electrical installation condition report (EICR) is essentially an electrical safety report.
EICRs have been a legal requirement for landlords in England since 2020. From 1 Dec 2022, they are also a legal requirement in Wales.
The report will identify and feed back dangerous observations such as damage, deterioration, and/or defects. The report will also advise on non-compliances to current regulations and the improvements recommended.
Why Use EMC?
Expertise and Experience: Extensive experience conducting EICRs, ensuring that your electrical installation is thoroughly assessed and any potential hazards are identified.
Thorough Inspection: We take the time to carefully inspect every aspect of your electrical installation, including wiring, circuits and fixtures.
Competitive Pricing: We offer competitive pricing for EICRs, ensuring that you get the best value for your money.
Why should I get an EICR?
It is extremely important to have a regular EICR carried out on your property to ensure the safety of your property, the contents, and the people who may live and work within the property. Electrical cables and installation are usually hidden away, out of sight. Often, problems, defects, and general wear and tear will go completely unnoticed. The EICR will uncover these potential threats and will improve the overall safety of the building. EICRs are now mandatory for landlords.
When it comes to commercial properties including rented accommodation. The only way to demonstrate compliance with the health and safety act 1974 from an electrical perspective is to have a valid EICR report in place. The EICR will need to be carried out at least once every 5 years, ideally, the testing should be carried out between tenants as well, and depending on the commercial use, some premises are less than every 5 years.
Mandatory EICR certificates for landlords
An EICR certificate is mandatory for private landlords in both England and Wales. It shows that you have taken reasonable steps to make sure that your property and tenants are not at any risk from electrical faults. Obtaining this report also serves as a basis for any further testing and inspection, as they can help save on costly exploratory work which may otherwise be required in the future.
Obtaining a commercial EICR for landlords certificate serves as documentary evidence which helps show that the installation has been installed to a satisfactory standard of safety in the event of a claim that injury or fire was caused by an electrical installation.
Do I need an EICR as a homeowner?
As we learned above, landlords are legally required to have an current EICR certificate. From a domestic homeowner perspective, there is no legal requirement however, it is recommended that an EICR is completed at least once every 10 years in order to check the overall electrical installation, ensuring it is still fit for purpose.
If your main consumer unit (fuse board) is extremely old then it would be wise to have an EICR complete more frequently as older installations will be more prone to deterioration and damage, leading to dangerous defects in the system.
What Does An EICR Involve?
The amount of time it takes to complete an EICR is dependent on the size of the property. The larger the property or electrical installation, including a greater number of circuits, the longer it takes. The inspection and test involves checking for earth continuity, insulation resistance, polarity, and live testing ensuring that the system is effective in reacting to a fault, and general visual inspections which are focused on identifying damage, incorrect or unsafe wiring, and other potential faults.
How Much Does An EICR Cost?
The final cost of an EICR is largely dependent on the type and size of the property, however additional variables, like access, can affect the total price. Our domestic EICRs start from £175.00 plus VAT and commercially they begin at £250.00 plus VAT.