WHAT IS AN EICR?
What You Need to Know
An EICR will provide a full summary of the condition of the electrics in your home and determine whether it complies with the current British Standard for electrical safety (BS 7671).
It will record a number of observations in line with BS 7671 and make various recommendations where improvement may be necessary or beneficial to improving safety in your home.
Once the EICR is completed the registered contractor will provide you with a certificate outlining the overall condition of the electrical installation. Generally, an EICR will provide coding’s against the condition of the installation. The classification codes are as follows:
Code C1 - This code should indicate that danger exists, requiring immediate remedial action. The persons using the installation are at immediate risk.
Code C2 - This code indicates that, whilst an observed deficiency is not considered to be dangerous at the time of the inspection, it could become a real and immediate danger if a fault or other foreseeable event was to occur in the installation or connected equipment.
Code C3 - This code indicates that, whilst an observed deficiency is not considered to be a source of immediate or potential danger, improvement would contribute to a significant enhancement of the safety of the electrical installation.
You are under no obligation to have any of the issues fixed, though it is recommended that corrective action to rectify any C1 and C2s be completed as soon as possible.
I am looking to buy a property and would like to know the condition of the electrics?
Before purchasing a property it is always worth asking the current occupier if they have an up-to-date EICR. This will give you an overview of the current state of the electrics in the property. If they do not have an EICR you could request that one be carried out with costs to be agreed between either parties.
I am about to move into a rented property but am worried about the condition of the electrics?
Landlords are required by law to ensure that the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and maintained in a safe condition throughout its duration.
If the property is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) a periodic inspection must be carried out every five years.
If the property is not an HMO, a landlord is not legally obliged to do this (except in Scotland where it became law on December 1, 2015)
However, we recommend that a landlord should have a periodic inspection and test carried out by a registered electrician on rental properties at least every five years. Any appliance provided should also be safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).
To meet these requirements a landlord will need to regularly carry out basic safety checks to ensure that the electrical installation and appliances are safe and working.
Who should carry out an EICR?
Only registered electricians should carry out an EICR.