Are you a landlord? Then you are required to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) also known as a Landlord Safety Inspection
Regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at an interval of at least every 5 years. Landlords have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants, and to their local authority if requested.
This means that all landlords now have to do what good landlords already do: make sure the electrical installations in their rented properties are safe.
Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) for rental properties
New regulations for all private rental landlords on electrical safety for property letting came into force on 1st June 2020. All privately rented properties must now have a valid EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) in place by 1st April 2021. Whilst this new legislation does not currently include holiday homes, this serves as an important reminder that as a holiday let owner you are required by law to ensure that all electrical appliances, circuits and fixed installations within your holiday let are safe and are not hazardous to your guests.
What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report?
An EICR is a documented account produced by a qualified and competent electrical engineer, as part of a detailed inspection of the quality of the fixed and permanently connected electrical installations in a property. This will identify if there are any hazardous faults, defects and electrical safety problems in a home.
An EICR will assess the ‘fixed’ electrical parts of the property, like the wiring, plug sockets, light fittings and consumer unit. This will include permanently connected equipment such as showers and extractors, and fixed appliances.
During the inspection, your chosen electrician will check the condition of your electrical installations against the BS 7671 IET Wiring Regulations (the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations) – think of it like an MOT for your home’s electrics.
Following the inspection, your chosen electrician will report on any electrical works that need to be carried out in order to maintain guest safety and prevent property damage. These will be categorised into priority actions, which can help property owners decide what problem areas need rectifying first, should any issues arise.
The benefit of having an EICR is that landlords will have an official certificate from a qualified professional, which they can show to tenants or their local authorities if any electrical issues arise.
What is the cost of an EICR certificate?
The cost of an EICR certificate will vary. Things like the size and age of a property are the main determining factors of the price of a report. Generally, a two-to-three-bedroom house will cost around £250. Although the charging may be done per circuit. The price may rise for larger homes, or older properties that may have outdated wiring which will require longer checks.
Landlords will also need to factor in the cost of any remedial work required for areas that may fail the test.
How often do I need to have an electrical safety test?
It is recommended that electrical safety tests are conducted at least every five years, but the frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environment it is used in. When an electrician carries our your EICR, they may advise that your property needs to be inspected more frequently, depending on its installations, age and use.
Why choose us to carry out your Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?
Leaping Hare Electrical & Renewables can provide you with all the support you need to ensure that your rental is fully compliant and that you have peace of mind. We can undertake an EICR a report that puts your mind at rest. Should any remedial works be required, we will quote and you are free to use us or get alternative quotations from other registered electrical contractors.