Factors to Know About the Electrical Installation Condition Report

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is one of the most important documents for any property owner in the UK. But why is it so essential? How and when should you get them? Below are four things you need to know about Electrical Installation Condition Reports:

1. What is an EICR?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report is given after a periodic inspection of the electrical installations on your property. It will contain the following information:

• An assessment of whether or not your electrical circuits are in good working condition and safe for use
• If there is a risk of electric shock in your property
• If there are any defective electrical installations on your property
• A list of recommendations for earthing within your building
• The condition of your consumer unit

There are many alternative names for the EICR, making things a little confusing. It’s best to familiarise yourself with its other versions:

• Visual Condition Report
• Periodic Inspection Report
• Electrical Installation Certificate
• Electrical Safety Certificate

2. When do you need an EICR?

How often should you need an inspection and testing depends on the type of property you own, how you use it, and the advice of your electrician. However, the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) recommends the following:

• Every 3 years for industrial installations
• Every 5 years for rented domestic installations and commercial installations
• Every 10 years for private domestic installations

An EICR may also be required when there is a significant change in the usage of your domestic premises; for example, if your rental property is undergoing a change in occupancy or if your property is about to be sold.

3. Why do you need an EICR?

The primary purpose of Electrical Installation Condition Reports is to ensure the safety of your tenants, property, and livestock. An EICR can prevent any damage due to electrical shock and misused installations, plus it will help you achieve compliance in accordance with BS 7671.

Landlords may also be required to submit an EICR to local authorities when requested. Failure to do so may result in hefty fines and possible prison sentences, so it’s best that you conduct inspection regularly.

4. Who can provide you with an EICR?

Electrical inspection and testing must only be carried out by qualified electricians. Find electricians with industry-recognised qualifications of up to Level 3 and are registered with the JIB or the ECS.

About the Author:

I am James Livingstone the owner of Trade Facilities Services, we provide electrical certificates and electrical testing in London, Essex and Kent at reasonable and fair prices. The company is fully insured, and all electricians are qualified and are members of either NAPIT or the NICEIC. We believe in publishing the correct information for our consumers to ensure they get value for money.

 

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