Electrical EICR landlord safety

What is an EICR?

It is an abbreviation for an electrical installation condition report (EICR). 

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 1 June 2020. It and applies to all tenancies created on or after that date in England from 1 July 2020.

The British Landlords Association said landlords need to ensure they have a full understanding of the EICR.

The regulation requires residential properties to have a safety check on the electrical installations in their properties inspected every 5 years. A qualified and competent person must conduct the test.

A qualified person as part of the EICR will check the Socket, consumer unit, fuse box, MCB’S, RCD, wiring and light switches.

Electrical testing of any portable appliances can be done at the same time if the electrician is instructed.

The inspector will also check for any faults under the 18th Edition. The EICR is not limited to the above list.

The qualified person will then issue an EICR or give a remedial action plan to put things right.

If in doubt you can ask questions regarding any compliance issue on the BLA landlord forum.  

Landlords must give a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants and the local authority if asked.

Most landlords regularly check their installations using qualified electrical engineers to provide a safe home for their tenants. Visual inspection of the light fittings, sockets, fuse board and wiring will indicate if the property has unsafe electrics.

NAPIT has provided guidance on the requirements to aid landlords in better understanding the EICR legislation, its requirement, and its implementation.

What do EICR regulations say:

Private landlords need to ensure every electrical installation in their residential premises is inspected and tested at intervals of 5 years by a qualified and competent person.

The EICR regulations for new specified tenancies in England apply from 1 July 2020. This includes all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. The ‘New specified tenancies’ are deemed as any tenancy created on or after 1 June 2020.

What is tested in EICR?

In general, your electrician will check that:

  • your fuse board is safe and compliant with the current regulations.
  • Everything is correctly earthed – to prevent potentially fatal electric shock.
  • The wiring in your sockets, lights, switches and accessories is installed correctly.