EICR regulations have now changed….
(EICR) Electrical installation condition reports are now a key part of electrical safety, Landlords have the responsibility to ensure that a tenanted property has an electrical installation that is safe to use by its tenants.
The Law around the EICR has now changed and will come into effect for new tenancies in July 2020.
There will be a legal onus on all landlords to have an electrical installation condition report (EICR) in place. They will have to be able to provide this to the tenant, managing agent or local authority generally upon occupancy or within 30 days should they ask.
The government has also laid down the law that all existing tenancies will require a EICR report by April 2021.
Electrical equipment should be kept safe, this includes all portable appliances. The best thing for this is a portable appliance test.
Here at Current UK Electrical we carry out PAT testing including a certificate upon completion from £65 +vat if on site carrying out an EICR .
Below is a small list for an example of appliances that will need PAT testing;
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryers
- Table lamps
If you do not get an EICR done by;
– July 2020 for new tenants
– and April 2021 for existing tenants
the government can impose large fines and possible prison sentences.
If you want some advice on your current situation, there are several places you can look for advice.
Here are some FAQs
What is an EICR?
An EICR assesses the safety of the existing electrical installation within a property and describes its condition. The assessment will cover consumer units (fuse boards), protective bonding, lighting, switches, sockets etc. The report will assess if the electrics meet current standards, specifically British Standard ‘BS 7671:2018’ which has been in effect since January 2019.
What is my responsibility as a landlord?
Landlords must obtain a valid EICR with a ‘satisfactory’ rating from a qualified electrician and this must be given to the prospective tenant before their tenancy agreement commences, or to existing tenants within 28 days of the electrical inspection. If a local authority requests an EICR report, it must be provided within seven calendar days.
How long is an EICR valid for?
If the condition of all of these is deemed ‘satisfactory’, the report is valid for five years and can therefore be used for future tenancies for the next five years.
What is the difference between a PAT and EICR?
A Portable Appliance Test (PAT) documents safety testing of only portable electrical appliances e.g. fridge/freezer, washing machine, toaster. An EICR assesses all the fixed electrical fittings and installation.
Why do I need an EICR on a renewal?
Under the regulations a renewal is treated as a new tenancy, so any renewals commencing from 1st July 2020 must also comply with the new regulations.
What if my EICR comes back with a rating of ‘unsatisfactory’?
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
What happens if I do not comply with these regulations?
Failure to comply with these regulations can result in financial penalties of up to £30,000 by the local authority.