Why are Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) requested?
- In a commercial environment, the landlord and employer have a duty of care over employees and the premises. Electricity at Work Regulations require that an electrical installation should be adequately maintained in order to prevent danger as far as reasonably practicable. An EICR provides evidence that these safety checks have been carried out and provides a prioritised plan for any remedial work.
- Insurance companies are increasingly insisting on periodic electrical testing.
- New premises - purchase or lease. Confirm that the electrical installation is safe and in suitable conditions for your needs when purchasing or leasing properties.
- Change of tenancy for rented properties in the private rental market.
- Fire or Flood - If your property has experienced major damage it is wise to get electrical tests, and we recommend that the results are correctly documented.
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- NICEIC Approved electrical contractor
- Experienced electrical testers
- Fast turn-around – electronic reports within 24 hours.
- £5m Public Liability Insurance
- Domestic and commercial electrical testers.
Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR)
An NICEIC Electrical Condition Report, formally known as A Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) is a full electrical test and inspection, which is generally conducted at a 5-year interval. Every London and Hertfordshire property should have its electrical installation tested and certified periodically, for insurance purposed and more importantly peace of mind.
An NICEIC Electrical Condition will reveal if electrical circuits are being overloaded, find potential hazards within the electrical installation, identify any electrical defective work which is out of regulation, highlight any earthing or bonding issues and to report on any potential fire hazards. The inspection would also include checking fuse or circuit breaker ratings and testing the RCDs to ensure they trip under fault conditions.
The outcome from the Electrical Condition Report will establish the overall condition of all of the electrics (a bit like an MOT on a motor vehicle). It will tell you whether it is satisfactory for continued use and will detail any remedial work that might need to be done, graded by importance with a recommended timescale.
Green Electrical has been undertaking Electrical Condition Reports on a regular basis over the past decade. Our engineers undertake all NICEIC Electrical Condition Reports using Clik NICEIC software, from here the results are recorded and uploaded on completion of the inspection. The results are then uploaded at the Green Electrical admin office, where the reports are checked, countersigned and sent out within 24 hours on the test.
Electrical Certificates and PAT Testing for Landlords
If you’re a landlord in London, St Albans, Hertfordshire or any other part of England, you need to ensure that all electrical appliances within the property you rent out has been PAT tested. Electrical safety certificates for HMO premises are legally required and in 2019, private landlords will also require Electrical Condition Reports to be regularly undertaken.
At Green Electrical, our electricians are qualified Portable Appliance Testing Testers. Using Clik software as mentioned above, we undertake visual inspections and tests on appliances using PAT test machines and record the results. Items such as kettles, washing machines, irons, vacuum cleaners and so on are typical items that a Landlord should have regularly inspected.
From the 1st June 2020, landlords will be required to have their rental properties regularly inspected and tested. This type of certificate is called an NICEIC Electrical Installation Certificate and is valid for 5 years if the electrical installation at the property is suitable and safe for continued use. These inspections must be completed by a certified and approved electrician
- Electrical installations must be inspected and tested prior to the start of a new tenancy from 1st July 2020.
- Checks must be carried out on any existing tenancies by 1st April 2021.
For additional information on landlord requires on electrical testing including PAT testing, visual inspections and electrical condition reports, Green Electrical recommends the charity based website 'Electrical Safety First'.