Electrical Installation Report (EICR)

Not sure what an EICR is, how to get one, or what it’s for? Let us help explain the importance of this crucial certificate and why you need it when you’re renting out a property.

Electrical Installation Report (EICR)

What does EICR stand for?

An EICR is an Electrical Installation Condition Report. Sometimes it’s called a Periodic Inspection Check. Both terms help explain the concept. 

What is an EICR?

An EICR is an official document that is issued after an in-depth inspection of your property’s electrical installations. The purpose is to help make sure your property is safe for tenants. 

While getting an EICR is obviously a good idea to protect your tenants and your property from any preventable potential disasters, having one in place has been a legal requirement since 1st April 2021 for all privately owned rental properties.

What is an EICR?

Who can carry out an EICR?

The report must be conducted by an experienced, qualified electrician or approved contractor. If you’d like to choose your own inspector, make sure they’re a member of the Electrical Competent Person Scheme. Or ask them to sign a checklist certifying their competence, experience, insurance details and how they are qualified to implement the latest Wiring Regulations and inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations.

Sounds complicated? Let us organise all that for you, book your EICR today through Mashroom for just £225. We’ll arrange for one of our highly experienced engineers to visit your property at a time that’s convenient for you.

Who can carry out an EICR?

The advantages of having an Electrical Installation Report (EICR)

The important thing is to keep your building safe, but beyond that an up-to-date EICR will also save you money and bring you untold peace of mind.

1

Safety

Whether it’s your staff or your tenants, you want to know that everyone in and around your building is safe.

2

Cost

A comprehensive EICR will uncover any potential problems before they develop into something far more serious. This will save you money, as it will reduce the number of call-outs for repairs.

3

Peace of mind

An EICR will ensure that your building is compliant with all the relevant electrical standards – and that your mind is at ease, leaving you able to focus on the rest of your business.

Don’t let electrical repairs be a shock to the system

Your EICR testing must be carried out by someone who is competent and qualified. With that in mind, get in touch with us today, so we can take care of the whole process on your behalf. Now what’s what we call a bright idea.
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Who pays for an EICR?

Paying for the EICR is your responsibility as a landlord. But the good news is, it is tax deductible from your rental income. And it buys you peace of mind! 

Who pays for an EICR?

Get ready for your EICR inspection

How is an EICR carried out?
What happens on the day of an EICR?
Can my EICR inspection be done remotely?

During your EICR inspection, your engineer will assess the condition of your electrical systems and evaluate how efficiently they are working. Expect them to pay particular attention to any deterioration, defects or potentially faulty electrical work which may become hazardous. 

Your engineer will inspect:

  • Fuse boxes
  • Protective bonding
  • Lighting, switches
  • Sockets
  • Any DIY modifications, to make sure they’ve been completed safely
  • Check which of your circuits or equipment might become overloaded or if any are at risk of overheating the system
  • Check for areas at risk from electric shock risk and assess any fire hazards

A qualified electrician will come to your property. The inspection usually takes 3-4 hours for a typical 3-bedroom house where all the electrical installations are relatively easy to access. When booking an EICR, the rates can vary depending on your location and the size of your property – at Mashroom, we charge a flat rate regardless of size or location.

Factors that might cause the inspection to take longer include:

  • Property size
  • Number of rooms
  • Accessibility of electrical installations and cables
  • Presence of asbestos
  • Amount of testing required 
  • Any high-level circuits. 

Usually, it’s not practical to take apart every socket, light, light switch and boiler so a sample rate of 10% is applied. This can be increased if necessary.

No, it is not currently possible to do an EICR by video call as the electrician needs to physically test and check items throughout the property.

How many rooms does an EICR cover?

Some inspectors will charge more depending on the size of your house. At Mashroom, our price of £225 for an EICR inspection is always the same, however many rooms you have and no matter your property’s location.

How many rooms does an EICR cover?

Everything you need to know about EICRs

Here, we’ve put together a list of the questions we often get asked about all things EICR. For any other questions just get in touch – we’re always happy to help.

When should I update my EICR?

Should I update my EICR mid-tenancy?

What are the consequences of not having an up-to-date EICR?

Is my property EICR exempt?

Can my property fail its EICR, and what happens if it does?

Is an EICR more expensive in London?

Although some companies and inspectors will charge more for an EICR in London, we charge £225 for an EICR inspection wherever you live.

Is an EICR more expensive in London?

What do the different EICR codes mean?

If you receive any C1, C2 or FI codes, unfortunately your EICR will be considered a failure and you’ve got some work to do. Have a look at the codes below to understand their implications.

Danger Present

Danger Present

This could be live, exposed cables. Usually, one of our engineers would start to work on these immediately so as not to leave your tenants in a dangerous situation

Potentially Dangerous

Potentially Dangerous

There could be no RCD protection on socket circuits that could be used for mobile equipment outdoors. Work is required but not urgently

Improvement Recommended

Improvement Recommended

This means a safety feature can be improved, but it is not immediately required e.g., consumer unit (fuse box) is not labelled correctly

Further investigation

Further investigation

Insulation resistance could be low, current may be leaking through the insulation. Your report will advise on what needs to be done and how quickly it needs to be done

Limitation

Limitation

Items or circuits were not tested or inspected

Not verified

Not verified

An NV would be something that was not inspected or discussed.

What if my EICR says more work is required?

If your EICR says remedial or further investigative work is required, you must act on this within 28 days of receiving the report, unless a shorter period is specified. 

When the work is complete, you do not need to do another EICR. But you must provide certificates and receipts to your tenants and local housing authority proving the remedial work was finished as required. The electrical installation that was in question must now be safe for continued use and you should have written confirmation of this. 

Be sure to use our free Document Storage tool to keep a track of all these documents, so you always know where they are.

What are the legal requirements regarding an EICR?

As a landlord, you’re probably aware that the laws around EICRs have recently changed. Since 1st July 2020, up-to-date EICRs are legally required for all new tenancies and fixed-term renewals. This was extended to include all other private tenancies since 1st April 2021.

Make sure national standards for electrical safety are met

Make sure national standards for electrical safety are met

You can find these standards in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’, which are published as British Standard 7671

Make sure electrical installations are inspected and tested

Make sure electrical installations are inspected and tested

This needs to be done at least every 5 years, by a qualified and competent person

Obtain a report

Obtain a report

Once the inspection has been carried out, you need to get a report from them, confirming the results, with a date for the next inspection and test

Supply the report to the existing tenant

Supply the report to the existing tenant

A copy of this report should be given to your existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection

Supply the report to the new tenant

Supply the report to the new tenant

If the inspection was carried out before a new tenant moved in, make sure they have a copy of the report before they move in

Supply the report when requested by a potential tenant

Supply the report when requested by a potential tenant

Any prospective tenant can request a copy of the report, which you will need to supply within 28 days of receiving the request

Don’t let electrical repairs be a shock to the system

Your EICR testing must be carried out by someone who is competent and qualified. With that in mind, get in touch with us today, so we can take care of the whole process on your behalf. Now what’s what we call a bright idea.
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Since April 2021, it is mandatory for all rental properties to have a valid Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
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