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What is an EICR Report?

An EICR Certificate is issued after an assessment of an electrical installation. It notes any electrical damage, deterioration, defects, or potentially dangerous conditions. The frequency with which EICRs should be obtained varies depending on the kind of property. For rental properties, an EICR Testing is typically done every five years or at the start of a new tenancy. An EICR should only be done by a qualified electrician.

How an EICR Certificate will Help You?

Although it is not a legal requirement to get an EICR report, it is highly advisable to do so. If you are a landlord, an Electrical Installation Condition Report will help protect you from prosecution in the event that a tenant is harmed by faulty electrics in your property. If you are a homeowner, an EICR Certificate will allow you to rest assured that your home’s electrical system meets current safety standards and that you are not putting yourself or your family in harm’s way.

How much does an EICR cost?

Book your Electrical Installation Condition Report from just £110 through A2Z Electric. We are confident that the pricing we offer is the most competitive in the market and our rates are not ‘before’ VAT so the price quoted on our site is the final price you pay for your report. If you are a landlord with multiple properties you can benefit from our generous discounts for block bookings on your EICR.

  • EICR from £100
Who can issue a report?

Guidelines state that the report must be carried out by a competent and qualified person. A qualified electrician must have taken the proper courses and training that cover periodic testing and inspection of electrical installations and must be registered with scheme providers to ensure their compliance with the latest standards of safety in the field (IET 18th Edition).

It is recommended that you ask the contractor which scheme they are approved with and their certification credentials. The most commonly recognised accreditation bodies in the UK are NICEIC, Stroma, Napit and Elecsa.

Can I self-certify my properties?

If you hold the qualifications to check installations to the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations and provide a report on it then, yes, you should be able to self-certify your properties.

What does an EICR check?

The EICR inspection is done to determine if there are any serious issues with a property’s electrical systems. The inspection includes a visual check of the electrical systems as well as thorough testing for relevant parts, such as interior (main system cables, electrical distribution boards, etc.) and exterior pieces (including light fittings, switches, sockets). Such tests include Dead testing, Live testing, and RCD testing-- note that these tests will require the power to be turned off for a short amount of time! Ultimately, the duration of the inspection may depend on the size and age of the property, the complexity of the property’s power systems, the number of circuits, and whether there are serious issues identified during the inspection.

Visual Inspection

Tests for the electrical safety certificate include a Visual Inspection, Dead Testing, Live Testing, and, if needed, RCD testing. To begin, the electrician will inspect the property and the electrical systems in question to identify any obvious issues.

Dead Testing

Next, Dead Testing will begin. The process of Dead Testing includes three parts: Insulation Resistance Testing, Continuity Testing, and Polarity Testing. These tests will determine whether there are any faulty electric connectors, check whether insulation where needed is present and functioning to prevent potential system shocks, and, ultimately, ensure that everything is properly connected.

Live Testing

Collectively, these tests ensure that, if there is a major problem or emergency, the electric system is able to quickly shut down to prevent potentially dangerous situations and further damage.

RCD Testing

RCD Tests may then be done on more modern electrical systems’ RCDs (Residual-Current Devices), which are in place for fire prevention purposes.

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Frequently Asked Questions regarding a
Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report

It is now a legal requirement for Landlords (Domestic and Commercial) to have the installation inspected and tested at least every five years or when occupancy changes.

It is recommended that private properties get an EICR every 10 years and it is now mandatory that Landlords have the installation inspected and tested at least every five years – and more often if the most recent safety report requires it.

An NICEIC accredited at approved contractor level, or approved by another electrical regulatory body at a similar or higher level - you can check this on the Electrical Safety Register.

The electrician will make a visual assessment, and then carry out a series of checks on your electrical systems. Any ‘code one’ problems, ie problems that are immediately dangerous, they will need to fix those there and then or at least make them safe. Any ‘code two’ problems that are potentially dangerous will be noted and a quote provided to fix them at the end of the process, and any ‘code threes” (Issues not deemed unsafe) will again be noted and quoted for. 

Each property is different but the electrician needs to check each area thoroughly so you should expect them to be there for a significant period of time. A visual check alone can take up to an hour, and it can take another hour to fill out the certificate.

  1. Be aware that your electrician will need to turn the power off before working on the wiring. You will not have access to any electrical gadgets, so it may not be the best day to work from home. It might be easier to let them in and leave them to get on with it for a few hours. It is possible to put circuits back on once they’ve been tested, but it will slow down the process.
  2. Ensure your electrician has free access to all lights, sockets and light switches. This means clearing areas where they will need to work before they arrive (children’s bedrooms, lofts and offices can be tricky).
  3. Don’t expect your electrician to issue you with a quote for remedial works immediately. It will take approximately 48 hours to process the data from the check itself before they can do this. It can take longer, particularly if you need extensive remedial works, which require a further visit from your electrician to discuss options before they can issue a quote.

You have a duty of care to your tenant and must ensure that the installation is safe when they enter the property and is maintained throughout their tenure.

The Landlords and Tenants Act (1985) requires that the electrical installation in a rented property is:

  • safe when a tenancy begins and
  • maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy.
  • We recommend that in order to comply with this Act, you get a registered electrician to carry out an Electrical Condition Report (EICR) on any property you intend to let before getting tenants in. This will certify whether the electrics are safe and tell you if anything needs upgrading.

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Where a report rates the electrics as ‘unsatisfactory’, the regulations require the landlord to undertake further investigative or remedial work by a qualified person within 28 days, or sooner if specified in the report. 

Unsatisfactory codes shown on the EICR report can include: 

  • C1 Danger present, risk of injury, immediate remedial action required 
  • C2 Potentially Dangerous, urgent remedial action required 
  • F1 Further investigation required 

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