We are quite often asked by landlords if an EICRs is legally required, as they do not have one on their own home.
The answer is a resounding yes.
An EICR, (Electrical Installation Condition Report), is a document that records the results of an inspection and test of the electrical installation in a property. It is a legal requirement for landlords in England to have an EICR carried out on their rental properties every 5 years. The inspection and test must be carried out by a qualified and competent electrician.
The EICR will identify any electrical hazards in the property and recommend any necessary remedial work. The report will also state whether the electrical installation is safe to use.
Landlords must provide a copy of the EICR to their tenants before they move in, and to any prospective tenants who ask for it. They must also keep a copy of the report themselves.
Letting agencies are not legally required to have EICRs carried out on properties they manage, but they are encouraged to do so. Homeowners are not legally required to have EICRs carried out on their own properties, but it is a good idea to do so, especially if the property is old or has not been updated recently.
Here are the things involved in an EICR:
If a landlord fails to have an EICR carried out on their rental property, they could be fined up to £30,000. They could also be held liable for any injuries or damage caused by an electrical fault.
Here are some of the benefits of having an EICR:
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