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Landlords - Electrical Installation Condition Report

What is an EICR?

An EICR checks whether your property's wiring and electrics are safe. It's also known as the 'Landlord Safety Test' and is always carried out by a qualified electrician.

To make sure your property is safe, we recommend you have an EICR every 5 years.

What happens during an EICR?

There are five main things your electrician will do when performing an EICR:

  1. Record the results of the inspection and test to make sure the electrics are safe to be used until the next inspection
  2. Report any damage or wear and tear that might make the electrics unsafe
  3. Check for anything that doesn't meet the wiring regulations
  4. Check for anything that may cause electric shocks and high temperatures
  5. Provide certification for the installation at the time of inspection

What does it mean as a landlord?

As a landlord, you're responsible for the safety of the electrics throughout the property – this includes the installation itself and any electrical appliances you've provided. You'll need to make sure these are safe when a new tenant moves in and maintained for the duration of their tenancy.

As of 1st June 2020, private landlords are now legally required to have an EICR at least every five years.

If you start a new tenancy on or after 1st July 2020, you'll need to make sure the first inspection and testing is carried out before your new tenants move in. For existing tenancies, you'll need to complete it by 1st April 2021.

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