An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) – also known as an electrical safety certificate – is an in-depth assessment of your home’s electrics. It checks for any damage, defects or deterioration that you should be aware of, as well as ensuring everything is up to scratch. In other words, it makes sure that you are safe.
It’s an important document worth knowing about. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about Electrical Installation Condition Reports.
In this guide, we cover:
- If you need an EICR as a landlord or a homeowner.
- What an EICR involves and who should conduct it.
- How often you should get your property inspected.
- What to do if you fail your report.
Do I need an Electrical Installation Condition Report?
Should you have an EICR? Yes.
Do you need an EICR? Well, that depends. Are you a homeowner or a landlord?
Do I need an electrical certificate as a landlord?
The short answer is yes.
Landlords in England are legally required to:
- Have the electrical installations in their properties inspected by a registered electrician.
- Provide a copy of the EICR to their tenants.
The regulations, which came into effect on the 1st of June 2020, apply to new tenancies from the 1st of July 2020 and existing tenancies from the 1st of April 2021.
Landlords who don’t organise an EICR risk a fine of up to £30,000.
Similar rules have existed in Scotland since 2015 (where landlords are also required to arrange a PAT test). In Wales, there is no such legal requirement but landlords are strongly encouraged to obtain an EICR.
The long answer is that there are exceptions to the rule, as well as a list of requirements that a landlord must fulfil. For more information on the regulations and how it affects you, read the government’s guidance.
Exceptions or not, landlords should conduct an EICR on all properties under their control to confirm the electrics are safe and there is no risk of harm. Failure to do so could result in charges of negligence and non-compliance with Electrical Safety Standards if a tenant is harmed. What’s more, insurance companies are increasingly looking for proof of an EICR when establishing the scope of their coverage.