ELECTRICAL TESTING

An electrical installation condition report (EICR), or periodic inspection report as they used to be called are often referred to by customers as a Landlord Safety Test or Homebuyers Test.

 

Whether it’s your home, a business or a property you rent out, your electrical installation should always be covered by an in date Electrical Condition Report.

 

Some insurers require an Electrical Condition Report before providing cover, especially where workers or the public are concerned. 

 

RECOMMENDED FREQUENCIES FOR ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONDITION REPORTS 

Homeowners –BS7671 (18th Edition Wiring Regulations) recommend having an EICR carried out at least every 10 years. It is also important to have one done if you are moving out or into a new home, if your insurance requires one – or if you suspect your current electrics are old, faulty or have been subject to poor quality additions.

HMO'S or Rented Homes

Under the ‘Landlord and Tenants Act (1985) landlords must ensure that the electrical installation in a rented property is maintained safely throughout a tenancy. It is recommend that an EICR test is carried out at the change of tenancy or at least every 5 years. 

Private Rented Sector (PRS)

The Government has introduced legislative requirements from 1st June 2020 for Landlords in the Private Rented Sector in England. This will require Landlords to have electrical safety checks carried out as follows:

  • From 1st July 2020 all new specified tenancies will require an electrical safety check to be in place.

  • From 1st April 2021 all existing specified tenancies will require an electrical safety check to be in place.

 

Businesses

As an employer you are responsible for the welfare of your employees. Under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act stating that employers are ‘responsible for the health and safety of their employees’ and the ‘Electricity at work regulations’ which required that precautions must be taken against the risk of injury from electricity used as part of work activities. BS7671 recommend having an EICR undertaken at least every 5 years for commercial and every 3 year for industrial installations.

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