Electrical Installation Condition Report
Electrical Installation Condition Reports in Cheltenham & Gloucester
What is an EICR?
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an inspection of the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations.
Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.
Previously called a (PIR) Periodic Inspection Report / Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate / Electrical Safety Certificate.
During an EICR, the consumer unit (or fuseboard), wiring and electrical accessories are thoroughly tested and inspected for faults 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 property’s inhabitants.
- Identification of any damaged electrical fittings and accessories.
- Identification of any exposed live wires that could cause a fire or injury.
Do I need an Electrical Installation Condition Report?
If you rent out a property your electrical installation should always be covered by an in-date and satisfactory EICR.
Landlords are required as part of the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rental Sector (England) Regulations 2020.
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 states a valid EICR with a satisfactory rating before they are let out every 5 years or change of tenancy.
If your EICR deems the electrics in your property unsatisfactory, the required remedial work MUST be done within 28 days. It is best to carry out remedial work before a tenant moves into the property where possible.
If you rent out a property and your tenant is electrocuted due to unsafe electrics then the Landlord can be prosecuted. Claiming that you were unaware of the condition of the electrical installation is not a suitable defence by the way. In many areas, the local council will insist on an EICR for licencing rental properties. It will also invalidate your insurance.
Potential Home Buyer
As a potential home buyer, I would strongly recommend you conduct an EICR to confirm the condition of your potentially new house’s electrical standards.
Would you buy a car without looking at it? It could save you thousands if the house is unsafe and would require a rewire. Think are the decorating costs after all the new cables are chased into the walls. This is why main different surveys are done when purchasing a property. Eg. structural survey
MOT your house electrics
If you want to ensure you are safe in your home, the simple answer is yes. If you suspect your current electrics are old, faulty or have been subject to poor quality additions.
You MOT your car yearly. It is highly recommended you have an EICR inspection carried out every 10 years for your home.
How often is an EICR required?
- Change of tenancy for rented properties and premises
- Private homes should be tested every 10 years
- Rental homes every 5 years, or with the change of every tenant
- Before purchasing a house to confirm the condition of the electrics and uncover any unforeseen – problems / faults / safety issues / failures to meet regulations. This could save you a lot of money.
- Selling a property – The next buyer / mortgage lender may require an EICR to confirm the condition of the electrics
- Change of use of premises
- To verify continued compliance with BS7671
- To comply with insurance companies
Areas we cover
Livewire Electrical conduct Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Stroud, Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds.
We promise a quick turnaround time as well as friendly advice to private landlords. We offer regular communication to keep you in the loop and updated in terms of the work.
Whatever your individual or business electrical requirements are, you can count on us for a reliable, professional electrician in Cheltenham and Gloucester.
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Our Quality Assurance
Regardless of the project size we always aim to deliver on time, on budget and install to the highest quality from first fix to completion.
All our work is designed, installed, tested & inspected in accordance with the latest British Standards BS7671 IEE Wiring Regulations.
We are also Part P approved so you can have complete peace of mind when your electrics are completed by Livewire Electrical.