What is an EICR?

EICR stands for 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.

Do I need an EICR?

The simple answer is yes, 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. Although it’s not a legal requirement many legal documents refer to an Electrical Condition Report as a way of satisfying their requirements of which some examples are below:

The landlord and Tenants act 1985

The Electricity at Work Regulation 1989

Health and Safety at  Work act 1974

What is tested during an EICR?

During an EICR, the Consumer Unit (or fuseboard), wiring and electrical accessories are thoroughly tested and inspected for faults and/or deviations from the Wiring Standards. Throughout the test, the following will be inspected and tested:

  • The adequacy of the earthing and bonding.
  • Devices for protection against fire and electric shock.
  • Any damage or wear and tear that might affect the safety of the properties inhabitants.
  • Identification of any damaged electrical fittings and accessories.
  • Identification of any exposed live wires that could cause a fire or injury.

Who can carry out an EICR?

An EICR should only be carried out by a skilled and competent registered Electrician with the experience to know what they are looking for. Believe it or not, all electricians are not the same! EICRs require a high level of skill and these skills are only gained after considerable additional training and years of experience. I hold a stand alone City and Guilds Testing and Inspection Qualification allowing me an in depth knowledge to translate test results into real life applications.

Recommended frequency for Electrical Installation Condition Reports

The recommended frequencies as stated by BS7671  (18th Edition Wiring Regulations) for having electrical testing carried out will vary depending on the type of premises, the recommended frequencies are as follows:

Homeowners –  Recommended having an EICR carried out at least every 10 years. The only exception to this is if the property has a swimming pool – this should ideally be tested once every year.

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.

BTL 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. To ensure this, BS7671 recommend an EICR test at change of tenancy or at least every 5 years.

Businesses – Whilst it is not a legal requirement to have an EICR, as an employer you are responsible for the welfare of your employees. The 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act states that employers are ‘responsible for the health and safety of their employees’ and the ‘Electricity at Work regulations’  require that precautions must be taken against the risk of injury from electricity used as part of work activities. BS7671 again recommend having an EICR undertaken at least every 5 years.

How much is an EICR expected to cost?

Now that is a very good question! The  BS7671 (the 18th Edition of The Wiring Regulations) give guidance on testing and sample testing.

It is acceptable to just test a small percentage of the final circuits (lighting and socket circuits, for example, are final circuits). This sample can go as low as 10%, obviously, this can give a misleading view of an installation and is not recommended and where it gets tricky comparing one EICR price to the next.

Here at Devon Sparks we carry out a thorough EICR and test more than the minimum standard to allow discovery of faults and allow a true representation of your Electrical Installation ensuring you peace of mind in your property.

A common scenario in the industry we also frequently come across is contractors who will price an EICR at a loss on the basis that they will inflate the costs of the remedial works to make up for the initial low cost of the test (and often a considerable amount more).

Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to quote for remedial works from another contractors test certificate, this is what the more unscrupulous contractors count on. We pride ourselves on our value for money and are clear about costings upfront and do not rely on heavily discounting EICRs in order to Guarantee ourselves the remedial works that may be necessary afterwards.

Contact us today should you have any questions about EICRs

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