Electrical Installation Condition Reports Service
Landlords renting out a property in England, are required to have an electrical inspection by a qualified person, referred to as an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
What is an EICR?
The EIC report is designed to assess the safety and condition of existing electrical installation – this is all the fixed electrical parts at the property you’re looking to let, such as the wiring, light fittings, socket-outlets, and the consumer unit. All of this is inspected and tested, with the report then valid for five years from the date of inspection.
What is the landlord’s responsibility for EICR?
Under the regulations, EICRs are required for pre-existing tenancies before the 1st of April 2021 and for all tenancies created after the 1st of June 2020.
In addition, landlords of privately rented properties must ensure that:
- National standards for electrical safety are adhered to, according to the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’, published as British Standard 7671.
- Electrical installations are inspected and tested by a qualified engineer with the results recorded in the form of a valid EICR.
- A report is obtained from the qualified technician conducting the inspection/test, stating the results and the date of when the next inspection is due.
- A copy of the report is issued to each existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection.
- A copy of the report is given to the local housing authority within 7 days of receiving a request in writing.
- A copy of the report is supplied to the qualified person who undertakes the next report.
- A copy of the most recent report is given to any new tenant before they occupy the property, or to any prospective tenant should they request one in writing, within 28 days.
What is the landlord’s responsibility for remedial work?
If an EICR indicates any issues, such as ‘further investigation’ or ‘urgent remedial work’, then the landlord is required to ensure that the necessary work is carried out within 28 days (or, if less than 28 days, the time period stated on the report) from the date of inspection.
Are there any penalties for non-compliance with EICR?
Local authorities have the power to enforce any new regulations, and can impose penalties of up to £30,000 if they believe that landlords are in breach of their duty. They may also serve remedial notices, if the landlord ignores or does not take the required action within 28 days then the local authority can arrange for such works to take place (with the tenants consent) at the landlords expense.
What we can do
To avoid any issues arising, Wirral Homes recommends obtaining a new ECIR before a new tenancy commences – even if the current one is valid; however, visual inspection by a competent person may suffice. If you would like Wirral Homes to arrange an EICR for your rental property, or would like some more information on the current legislation, then feel free to Contact Us and we’ll see how we can help.