In most cases, having an up-to-date electrical safety certificate is not a legal requirement. However, there are legal requirements for landlords of tenanted properties and businesses to ensure a safe living or working environment.
An EICR is the only way of confirming a fixed wire installation at a property is safe. Therefore, if an accident occurs as a result of a faulty electrical installation, and an EICR hasn’t been recently carried out, the landlord or business owner could be held responsible.
Having an up-to-date electrical safety certificate is usually a condition of insurance policies too.