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Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
An electrical installation condition report (EICR) identifies any
damage, deterioration, defects and/or conditions which may give
rise to danger along with observations for which improvement
It is a more detailed report than a VIR and will involve the
testing of various circuits which will require the turning off of the
electrics at the main supply. This allows the contractor to identify
any possible hidden defects or issues that cannot be identified
during a VIR.
The purpose of an EICR (also known as periodic inspection and
testing of an electrical installation), is to determine, so far as is
reasonably practicable, whether the installation is in a satisfactory
condition for continued service.
Homeowners often ask for or obtain a condition report as part
of a house sale. Similarly, landlords with an increasing awareness
of their electrical safety obligations undertake regular periodic
inspections in relation to their rental properties.
It is generally recommended that an EICR is carried out every
ten years (five for privately rented properties) or when there is a
change of occupancy in a dwelling.
Typically an EICR will take around 3-4 hours to complete,
depending on the size of a property and the number of circuits
Landlords are required by law to ensure that the electrical
installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and
maintained in a safe condition throughout its duration.
If the property is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) a periodic
inspection must be carried out every five years.
If the property is not an HMO, a landlord is not legally obliged to do
this (except in Scotland where it became law on December 1, 2015)
However, we recommend that a landlord should have a periodic
inspection and test carried out by a registered electrician on rental
properties at least every five years.
Any appliance provided should also be safe and has at least the CE
marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the
requirements of European law).
To meet these requirements a landlord will need to regularly carry
out basic safety checks to ensure that the electrical installation and
appliances are safe and working.