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Testing and Certification

Although installations appear to be in good condition, they will not last forever, deterioration due to age, wear and tear will happen. Regulations require regular inspections and testing to take place to maintain installation in good and safe condition.

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)

Still referred to by some as a ‘Fixed’ or ‘Hard’ Wire Test or Periodic Inspection. An EICR is a recognised certificate/report that is produced following a test of the electrical installation within a property, that is carried out in accordance with the 18th edition of the IEE wiring regulations, BS7671.

If you live in a property that is older than 20 years, and you have a fuse box that looks like one of these, then there’s a chance that your electrical wiring is not up to standard and could potentially be dangerous. For peace of mind do not hesitate to get an inspection booked in today.

Ideally, testing should be conducted on owner-occupied homes, every ten years or at a change of occupancy.

Home Buyers Report

It’s not unusual to be requested to carry out an EICR on a home for sale, by either the purchaser or the vendor. It gives peace of mind that the property being purchased/sold is electrically sound. The EICR is carried out at a convenient time for the vendor and a certificate will be issued. If found to be unsatisfactory, a quote on the remedial works to bring the installation up to standard will also be provided by us.

Rental Properties & Landlords

New regulations for England, now places as from 1st June 2020, legal duties on Landlords in the private rented sectors. They must confirm that the electrical safety standards are met and ensure that the electrical installation in the residential premises is inspected and tested (EICR) at intervals of no more than 5 years.

Once a Landlord has the results from this report, any remedial work should be carried out within 28 days or sooner if specified. Please note this would not require a second test to be carried out, a minor works or electrical installation certificate for the ‘corrections’ will comply.

‘The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020’

Duty of the Landlord

It will be the duty of the Landlord to then keep these reports safe and on file and issue a copy of them to their tenants. Large financial penalties exist for private landlords who do not comply. Local Housing Authorities can serve notice on premises situated within its area, which can have fines for breach of electrical safety, up to £30,000.

An EICR is not needed for each change of occupancy, however it must be valid for the period of the tenancy and a copy of the most recent report be given to any new tenant before that tenant moves into the premises.

Rental properties/landlords

Appliance Testing

Obviously, your tenant’s welfare is paramount, so if you have electrical appliances provided as part of the rental agreement, the landlord is obligated as a duty of care, to carry out tests to prevent a tenant from being injured from faulty electrical appliances.

It is recommended therefore annual Fixed Appliance Testing (FAT) and Portable Appliance Test (PAT) are carried out on all appliances including built in.

Due Diligence

How we can help

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