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Electrical safety certificate (EICR)

An electric safety certificate is a document stating that all electrical installations are safe and working properly. It is officially referred to as an Electrical Installation Report (EICR) and is carried out by a qualified electrician.

An electric safety certificate is a document stating that all electrical installations are safe and working properly. It is officially referred to as an Electrical Installation Report (EICR) and is carried out by a qualified electrician.

It is an assessment on the quality of your electrical installation. The electrics and cables deteriorate over time and so it is vital that the condition is checked for safety purposes.

How much is an Electric Safety Certificate?

To get a quote for an electric safety certificate in your area, please click here! Alternatively, for more information on what this includes then please read below.

The Latest Regulations – New Legal Requirement

The latest regulations for the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England), came into force on 1 June 2020 and apply to all tenancies created on or after that date in England from 1 July 2020.

These new regulations require landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected at least every 5 years and tested by a qualified electrician. Landlords will also have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants as well as to the local authority if requested.

What does the electrical safety certificate show?

An electrical safety certificate (Electrical Installation Report, EICR) needs to be obtained to keep in line with regulations which are in place to protect landlords and tenants. A full EICR report will show the following:

  • Find any potential safety risks, therefore detecting electrical faults which could cause shock or burns to humans or livestock.
  • Reveal if the installation is safe to use
  • Highlight any poor electrical work
  • Check if electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded
  • Make sure that earthing and bonding measures have been carried out properly
  • Checking for flooding or water damage due to a leak

A Guide for Landlords

As explained, it is now a legal requirement to get each property inspected every 5 years and obtain an EICR which you will need.

Keep it for your records

Make sure you have a copy as evidence and to provide at your next inspection

For your tenants

The requirement is to give them a copy as evidence of the inspection.

Prospective tenants

You will likely get asked for a report which you will need to send within 28 days.

Local Authorities

You may be requested to show your report to local authorities and must provide this within 7 days or the request.

What happens if the inspector finds electrical faults?

It may be the case that further investigations need to be carried out or work needs to be implemented to obtain the certificate. If this is the case, you will have 28 days to follow their recommendations. After the work is completed, you will then have a further 28 days to send written confirmation to your tenants and local authority.

What are the penalties if the process is not completed?

For landlords found breaching electrical safety regulations there are serious charges that can apply. Since the latest regulations were introduced in June 2020, local authorities can fine landlords up to £30,000 if they are found to not be following the rules.

Need a EICR or would like some advice?

Here at Blue Moon Certificates, we provide fast, efficient and cost effective EICR reports across the UK. Book your inspection today with one of our team experts. If you have any questions about the information provided above, please give us a call on 0203 6338409 and we would be happy to help.

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