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The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 specify that rented residential properties must have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) completed every 5 years. Previously EICRs were not a legal requirement, they are now.

The Regulation says any new tenancy starting on or after 1 July 2020 needs a valid EICR, and all rental properties need one by 1 April 2021. All properties will need an EICR done every 5 years.

When we have instructed someone to test the electrics in your home, you need to be aware of the following before the work is done.

What is an EICR?

It tests the safety of all the circuits in the property, including the consumer unit (fuse board) all circuits plus all electrical sockets and connections. It measures these against specified minimum standards, which get revised periodically. It exposes if fittings and circuits are badly damaged or connected.

This can take several hours and requires the power to be switched on and off frequently.

Preparing for the EICR

On the day the EICR is to be completed please ensure:

  • All devices are switched off
  • Any sensitive devices should be unplugged, as there is a chance they can be affected by the testing. Please remember the inspector will not know what devices you have so it is your responsibility to disconnect these.
  • Clear as much as possible to allow the inspector to access the plugs

Your freezer contents should be fine if it is off for a day. Provided it is not opened the items inside should stay frozen.

What will happen then?

The EICR provides three key ratings for all aspects of the electrical installation

  • C1 = “Danger present”, risk of injury. Immediate remedial action needed. Contractors are obliged to take action to remove the danger. If remedial work possible immediately, we usually instruct contractors to complete this work whilst on site if possible.
  • C2 = “Potentially Dangerous”. Remedial action needed to meet Regulations. The timescale is driven by the risk, but usually weeks not months.
  • C3 = “Improvement recommended”, but not required.

It is important to note that even modern properties may need improvements as the system is measured against defined standards. These are constantly being upgraded to continually improve safety. Just because a property does not meet the current standards, does not necessarily mean it is not safe, but it could be safer.

When we get the report we will work with your landlord and the contractor to ensure the work is done to ensure your property meets the safety standards.

If you have any concerns or queries then please call us on 01480 494967