What Is An EICR?

An electrical installation condition report is required as all electrical installations deteriorate over time. It is recommended that they should be inspected and tested every “3 to 5 years”.  Such electrical safety checks are commonly known as ‘periodic inspections’ or ‘electrical installation condition reports’.

On your EICR, electrical certificate or electrical installation condition report, it will notify you whether your electrical installation is “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory”, the outcome depends on the installation and can be explained if you require more information after receiving the EICR Report.

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.

As its title suggests, it
is a report not a certificate. It relates to an assessment of the in-service
condition of an electrical installation against the requirements of the issue
of BS 7671 current at the time of the inspection, irrespective of the age of
the installation. An Electrical Installation Condition Report differs greatly
from PAT Testing and Fixed
Appliance Testing because it is an
in-depth inspection on the internal wiring of the building not appliances.
The results and measurements and values taken during the Electrical
Installation Condition Reports are clearly recorded in a report and appropriate
recommendations, if applicable, are made for any damage, deterioration or
defects observed that may give rise to danger to be remedied, such that the
installation may continue to be used in safety.

Do I Need An Electrical Condition Report?

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 to have an Electrical Condition Report many legal documents refer
to an Electrical Condition Report as a way of satisfying their requirements-
The Electricity at Work Act as one example.

Do you know that if you rent out a property and your tenant
is electrocuted due to unsafe electrics then you 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 a
Condition Report for licencing rental properties.

What Are The Types Of EICR Reports?

Visual condition report – This does not include testing and is only suitable if the installation has been tested recently.

Periodic inspection reports – This is what we would normally recommend, as it tests the installation and would find any hidden damage.

How Often Do I Have To Have This Periodic Inspection Report Carried Out?

The IEE recommend the following maximum periods of time
between inspections and testing:

Domestic Installations – 10 years or change of occupancy

Commercial Installations – 5 years or change of occupancy

What Is Inspected In An EICR?

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.

Many faults can’t be seen simply by looking and are only picked up during testing

How Much Does An EICR Cost?

Prices for a Domestic Electrical Condition Report start at £99 for up to 3 circuits with additional circuits charged at £25 per circuit. A typical three-bedroom property will take around four hours to complete.

If you have a Commercial property please contact us to discuss your requirements.