EICR’s Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get EICR and PAT Test done at the same time?
Yes, although it may be harder to organise as two different engineers do the job, but we will do our best to accommodate you.
Do you offer discounts for more than one property or block bookings?
Yes, we will happily discuss discount options with you
What does the Landlords’ Electrical Safety Certificate do for me?
The landlords electrical safety certificate will confirm whether or not the electrical installation in the property is safe and meets today’s legal requirements. It is now law in the UK for landlords to make sure electrical installations are safe.
It is now law in the Uk for landlords to ensure the electrical wiring/installation in their residential premises is inspected and tested at intervals of no longer than 5 years by a qualified competent person.
The landlord must provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants, and to the local authority if requested.
What does the law say?
The law in England changed in July 2020 for landlords of rental property.
Any new tenancies from 1st July 2020 requires a valid EICR, but if the property already has a tenant in then you have until April 2021 to complete an EICR
If you had an EICR carried out on the property prior to 2019; make sure that that report is valid with the current regulations.
Find the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020 here.
What does the inspection check?
The ‘fixed’ electrical part of the property like the wiring, socket outlets, light fittings, and the consumer unit (fuse box) will be inspected, including permanently connected equipment such as showers and extractor fans.
The regulations require a landlord to have the electrical installation in their property inspected and tested by a competent person every 5 years, at least. The report you get must be covered by a competent person scheme, such as the NICEIC.
What does the inspection involve?
The inspection will check to confirm if:
- The electrical installation has been overloaded,
- there are any potential electric shock risks or fire hazards
- there is an defective electrical work
- there is a lack of earthing or bonding
What should the report show?
The report should show that the installation is safe for continued use; if the report does not require further investigative or remedial work, the landlord will not be required to do anything more.
However, if work is required, the inspector will use the following classification code to indicate where a landlord should undertake remedial work:
- Code 1: Danger present, risk of injury. The inspector may make hazards safe before leaving
- Code 2: Potenitally dangerous.
- Further investigation: Further investigation required
- Code 3: Improvement recommended – further remedial work is recommended but is not required for the report to be deemed satisfactory.
If codes 1 or 2 are identified, then remedial work is required; the report will show that the installation is unsatisfactory for continued use – be careful if you are choosing the cheapest bidder to do the work, as they tend to find so many code 1 or 2 defects the the total cost works out much higher; a higher initial cost usually means the defects found are genuine.
If Further Investigation is recommended, the landlord must also get this done.
What about the appliances?
These regulations don’t cover electrical appliances, however it is recommended that landlords carry out PAT testing regularly on any electrical equipment they provide for tenants to use and records the inspections that are carried out.
Tenants are responsible for making sure their own equipment is safe.
It is also recommended that electrical appliances are registered with a product registration scheme such as registermyappliance.com
What areas do we cover?
We provide electrical safety inspections for landlords in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, Co. Durham and Northumberland.