There are several reasons you may need an electrical survey at your property, including a change in tenancy, you’re selling your home, or the law requires it. Therefore, it’s important to understand when this type of inspection is required.

Here’s our easy guide to EICRs to ensure your electrics remain in good working condition.

What is an EICR?

Over time, all electrics will naturally deteriorate, so just like when you get your car checked with an MOT, make sure your installations remain up to scratch. An EICR is one of the easiest ways to assess your electrics for issues.

An EICR stands for Electrical Installation Condition Report (previously a periodic condition report) – so it does what it says on the tin – reporting on the condition of your electrical installations! This will help identify defects, deterioration and faults in the system or any elements that require improvement. Essentially, the report will confirm whether your electrical installations can continue to be used safely.

By keeping up to date with your EICRs, your electrics will remain safe and work as they should while avoiding financial penalties for not meeting your responsibilities as a landlord or business.

EICR Guide

How often is an EICR required?

The frequency of electrical testing is determined by several factors, including the type of dwelling or building (e.g. landlord or commercial owned), the installation, its use and external influences on the electrics.

EICRs for landlords and businesses are only valid for five years (less if specified, e.g. for high-risk environments), so they must be renewed before this. In fact, new regulations came into force in 2020 covering all rental properties, and EICRs are now required for existing and new tenancies.

Although not required, homeowners may also ask for an EICR to be completed as part of a house sale. If this is requested by the buyer, they may pay for it themselves or negotiate this during the process.

What does an electrical inspection condition report show?

When completing your EICR, a qualified electrical contractor will carry out several types of inspection. Firstly, they will conduct visual checks, identifying any visible signs of deterioration or system defects. They’ll comment on the overall condition of the installation, checking elements such as your consumer unit (fuse board), light fittings, switches and plug sockets.

However, an EICR is more in-depth than just visual inspections, testing the various circuits around your property, meaning the power will need to be off while assessments take place over a few hours. They will be testing the system to make sure it remains compliant with the latest IET Wiring Regulations.

All observations will be recorded in your report, recommending any improvements to improve the safety or condition of the installation.

Book an EICR with a registered electrical contractor

Need a new EICR? Contact the team at DTEEC. We offer electrical inspection surveys across London and Surrey, covering areas such as Epsom, Morden and Sutton. For no-obligation advice about EICR services near you, call now on 020 8395 5990 or 07957 964 088.