Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)

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What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?

EICR basically stands for Electrical Installation Condition Report. It is a formal document issued by a qualified electrical engineer/electrician after an assessment of an electrical installation.

If you are a landlord and thinking about renting your house, an EICR will be enough to prove that all electrical installations in your property are safe and working properly. The report must be prepared after a good assessment by a professional with vast experience in checking and fixing electrical installations to avoid any inconvenience or unnecessary legal troubles related to home safety.

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An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), previously referred to as a Periodic Inspection Report, is Serviceteam’s most detailed electrical inspection service, comprising an in-depth assessment of the condition and safety of a property’s electrical installation, highlighting any necessary remedial work.

Homeowners should get their electrical installation tested at least every five years to keep everyone safe. Landlords are required to carry out an EICR inspection every five years or when the occupancy changes, whichever is sooner. All these safety precautions and regulations are carried out by our professional electricians in order to keep tenants and homeowners safe.

An inspection determines the electrical safety and condition of a property’s wiring. Once completed, a certificate will be issued that must outline the following:

  • If the wiring is acceptable, safe, or unsatisfactory.
  • If any faults are found, the offending defects will be listed together with any remedial work needed or if further investigation is required.
  • The date of the inspection and the due date of the next inspection.

To-Do checklist

  • Make sure the property’s electrical supply is connected and not switched off by the utility company.
  • Full access to all rooms within the property will be required.
  • Clear away any items to allow full access to sockets, fuse boards, etc.
  • Unplug all the equipment prior to the test.
  • Any devices like a freezer or fridge must be turned off (keep the door closed).
  • Visual signs of burning/charring (followed by an electrical test).
  • RCD checks in the property.
  • For any outbuildings/lighting, etc., connected to the electrical supply, please notify the electrician/engineer.
  • Inform your electrician/engineer if a ladder is required to access the fuse board.
  • Is the consumer unit correctly labelled indicating each circuit, i.e., power, heating, lighting, etc. it remove any guesswork?
  • Let your professional know if something is faulty or in need of repair.

If available, provide previous EICR certificates /reports so that the test is proven to run consecutively. Last but not least, follow the above steps in order to avoid turning the test into a fail.

The electrical Installation Condition Report is important for numerous reasons. Apart from its legal importance, it is also necessary to check whether everything is good enough or if you need to make some new repairs, installations and adjustments. Apart from that, you’ll know about certain other stuff, including:

  • Electrical circuits that are overloaded.
  • Risk of shocks or any kind of fire threat.
  • Condition of your equipment.
  • Defective electrical work.
  • Recommendation of earthing or bonding.
  • If anything needs to be replaced.
  • Damaged wear and tear that could lead to life-threatening consequences.
  • Damaged accessories.
  • Exposed live wires that can turn someone into a Ponako.

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, It is stated that Landlords must ensure the safety of their tenants at all times (non-negotiable). Periodic inspection of the electrical installation appliances and services throughout the tenancy is mandatory.

To be clear, BS7671 (17th edition wiring regulations) strongly recommends a new EICR test every time the tenancy changes or every 5 years (and not after). The certificates prove the property has been tested by a qualified electrician. So the tenants feel peace of mind knowing that they are safe.

In the event of any personal injury resulting from an electrical failure, etc., every insurance company will request a copy of the EICR certificate before processing any claim and possibly voiding any claim without it. Landlords disregarding the importance of an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) and its regulations before a tenancy begins could be liable for financial penalties of up to £30,000. So, if you’re a landlord, stay on top of regulatory requirements and safeguard your tenants!

For domestic properties, BS7671 recommends commissioning an EICR at least every 10 years. It is necessary for everyone’s safety. Moreover, it highlights any changes needed to comply with regulations or potential dangers from old wiring and installations.

As a business owner in London, it is not a “necessary” legal requirement. Still, as an employer, it’s your responsibility to ensure your workers’ safety. Keeping this in check, the 1974 Health and Safety At Work Act indirectly implements it on you by stating, “Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees”.

Moreover, the “Electricity at Work Regulations” also require you to take every precautionary step to ensure the safety of your workers and tenants regarding electrical threats. Any injury caused due to such reasons can be fatal for your worker as well as your business. Like, who wants their building to be burnt down because of “fire due to electrical sparks”?

Here are some of the easy and secure ways to keep a check on your apartment’s electrical installations and obtain EICR certificates.

  • Check the casings of your sockets for any apparent cracks, burn marks, etc.
  • Ensure that the electrical appliances in your bathroom or any wet place are situated at least 3 meters away from the watery place.
  • Make sure that the extension cables are used properly.
  • Make sure there are no naked wires out there.

This will cover the wiring condition, consumer unit, earth bonding, fuse rating, cable size, fuses, sockets and if any DIY installations have been introduced to the circuitry. An inductance tester is then used to check the voltage in the electrical wiring, circuit breakers, lamps, cords, ceiling rose, sockets, boiler switches, etc. Our electrical engineers will use many devices to test the wiring accurately.

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What's included in this service?

  • Our NICeic Registered Engineers registered electricians will detail in their report:
  • If any of the electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded
  • Any faulty/substandard electrical work
  • Identify any potential safety risks.
  • Establish the adequacy of earth bonding.
  • Check the serviceability of the equipment.
  • Determine the extent of any wear and tear or damage.

What will it cost:

  • We charge a fixed price for completing EICRs starting from £167 + Vat for a 1-bedroom property when booked online. For each additional bedroom, we add £35 + Vat. If you would like your Annual Boiler Service or CP12 Gas Safety Certificate during the same visit, add £80 + Vat each. And have your PAT test during the same visit for £40 + Vat.
  • Contact our office for more information on electrical installation quality certificates and our services. Speak to one of our electrical consultants.

What's not included in this service?

  • Any repairs or replacements
  • A PAT ‐ Add £40 + Vat
  • Your gas safety certificate details the cost of re-inspecting any of the failures.
  • Any congestion zone or parking charges ? This will be added at cost to the final bill (unless a parking permit for the duration of the visit is provided).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the purpose of an EICR?

It is a report conducted for your property and household to know about the working condition, to identify the problems, and whether everything is working fine; however, it should be noted that homeowners and landlords are required to carry out an EICR report at least once in 5 years, to make sure what are the things that need to improve or replace.

Q. Is a landlord required by law to get test portable electrical equipment tested?

If you are seeking the best EICR test, Serviceteam offers one of the best and most reasonable offers, starting From £167 + VAT. If you are considering renting your own property, house, or building, our ECIR report will provide enough proof that everything is working perfectly.

Q. How long does it take to complete an EICR inspection?

According to the act, BS7671 recommends making an EICR for every average house except the swimming pool every ten years; however, it is also essential for your safety and security. It also lets you know when you have to make some changes.

Q. What should I provide for EICR certificates?

You will be required to do the following things that are essential to conducting the EICR report:

  1. Date of last inspection
  2. Last installation report
  3. Details of premise and Age of installation.

Q. How long does a business EICR certificate take?

ECIR certificate is not a necessary or legal requirement for business, but for the sake of your employers, you have carried out an EICR certificate/report to ensure their safety; however, it’s your responsibility, according to the Act of 1974 Health and Safety Act which states that employers are accountable for the health and safety of their employers which indirectly implements on you.


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