An EICR is the only way of confirming the fixed electrical installations in a property are safe. The ‘fixed’ electrical installations include wiring, sockets, light fittings and the consumer unit (fuse box). An EICR doesn’t include appliances, such as a fridge, but would include permanently connected items such as a bathroom extractor fan.
Portable appliance testing (PAT) is available for non-permanent appliances. Portable appliance testing is recommended annually.
Homeowners are not required by law to have an EICR. However, it’s recommended to have one carried out at least every 10 years. An EICR is also recommended for a property you’re moving into, or if there’s a suspected problem with an electrical installation.
Our electrician will recommend how often an EICR is needed based on the age and condition of the installation(s).
Private rental properties
Landlords of tenanted private rental properties are required by law to have an EICR. Changing to “Wiring Regulations” effect new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.
An EICR is required on tenanted properties at least every 5 years. It must be done sooner if the electrician recommends it. An EICR should also be carried out if a problem with an electrical installation is suspected.
Owner-occupiers of commercial properties have an obligation to ensure a safe working environment. If an accident occurs as a result of a faulty electrical installation, and an EICR hasn’t been carried out, the property owner could be held responsible.
The frequency of when an EICR is required in commercial properties is dependent on the type of property and how it’s being used.