What is an EICR?
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an assessment of the electrical systems and installation at your property.
Please take a look at other articles giving you more information about the compliance measures and how they may affect you.
For the Report an electrician will test…
• All devices are protected against fire and electric shock; • ensure the earthing and bonding are adequate;
• identify whether there are any damaged electrical fittings and accessories;
• look for any exposed live wires that could cause injuries or fires;
• search for any damage to or wear that could compromise the safety of visitors/tenants.
How is the report graded?
The report is graded in to 3 categories
C1 – this is given when the electrics are deemed dangerous and will need immediate work.
C2 – this is given if electrical dangers exist and immediate work is recommended.
C3 – this is given when electrics don’t pose any dangers, but the electrician believes some improvements could be made.
Why have they brought in this legislation?
For a number of years the industry has seen challenges to ensure electrics are given the same importance in safety, as gas installations.
It has always been a recommendation that landlords check the electrics of their let property regularly, however this was not enforceable.
When do I require a EICR?
An EICR is now mandatory and this is why we are contacting you to ensure we that compliance is being met. You need one now if…
• Your property is on the market for lettings • Your property is on a Periodic Contract
• Your property is renewing or a tenant changeover is progressing.
Properties in a fixed term agreement have until April 2021 to arrange this but unless the contract expires before then we would need to arrange this prior to a renewal date.
We recommend getting these carried out at least 1 month prior to the tenancy expiration, to allow time to tackle any remedial works, if they are required or appeal.
What if I don’t have an EICR?
• The local authority can issue civil penalties of up to £30,000 per breach of these regulations.
• Where the electrician has identified non-urgent work they must serve the landlord a notice detailing the work required and giving them 28 days to perform the work. The landlord may make representations to this within 21 days of the notice being served. If they do then the local authority must respond to these representations within 7 days.
Until they respond the requirement to perform the work is suspended.
• Finally, if the local authority is satisfied the landlord is in breach and they have the tenant’s permission to do so, they may perform emergency remedial work on the property and bill the landlord for any costs incurred.
• You will also not be able to seek possession of your property, without a valid EICR.
• Failure to comply may result in the fines/ penalties as detailed above.
What if your EICR fails & has Recommendations?
Any failures and recommendations of a C1 & C2 nature must be rectified within 28 days. However, local authorities can request these works to be done in a shorter period, depending on the circumstances.
On completion of the works, it is a mandatory that details of the completed works and EICR are sent to the Tenant and Local Authority.
The landlord is also required to hold a copy of the documents. We will arrange this on your behalf.
In the meantime, landlords and tenants can contact us with any queries.