There’s much to consider when it comes to EICR services, from planning the assessment to addressing any issues found. It’s important to complete each electrical inspection within the timeframe specified, or you could receive a hefty fine and put occupants at risk. Electrical testing can also prevent electrical fires, shocks, injuries and fatalities.

So, how often are electrical installation condition reports required? Let’s take a look.

Landlords (every 5 years)

The requirements for landlord EICRs have changed over the years, with new rules coming into force back in 2020. This involved all new private tenancies requiring an inspection, followed by an up-to-date EICR at least every 5 years (or at another tenancy change).

The legislation affects all properties in the private rental sector and HMOs (houses in multiple occupation). If you’re a landlord, you should also book an EICR if you’re considering buying a new rental property, checking the condition of the electrics.

Businesses (every 5 years)

Most EICR guides will tell you that businesses require a new EICR within a 5-year period. This includes premises such as shops, bars, restaurants, offices, schools and community centres.

Each electrical assessment will test and inspect existing installations, ensuring they’re still safe to use and comply with the relevant British Standards. They’ll also highlight any risks or hazards found, such as overloaded sockets or a lack of bonding or earthing.

High-risk environments (every 1-3 years)

Many high-risk environments will need regular EICRs, e.g., annually or every 3 years. You’ll know this applies to you if stated on the last electrical inspection, but always check with an EICR company if you’re unsure or you’ve had major issues since the previous assessment, such as a flood, fire, building alterations or electrical incident.

Properties, buildings and spaces that need an EICR more frequently than every five years include petrol stations, public entertainment venues (theatres, arenas, cinemas etc.), spas and swimming facilities, factories, laundrettes, farms and industrial premises. This is because their operations and electrical installations come with higher risks than other venues. For example, they may use flammable chemicals, have wet environments or be densely populated.

Domestic EICRs (every 10 years)

While not required by law, it’s recommended that domestic properties should have an up-to-date EICR completed every 10 years. Electrical installations degrade over time, leading to issues if you don’t get on top of problems early.

New safety features may have been added to certain installations, such as consumer units (fuse boards). You should also check your home can still cope with increasing power demands, especially if you’re planning an extension or loft conversion.

If selling or buying a home, you may need to request or book a new EICR as part of the process, confirming the condition of the electrics.

Book an up-to-date EICR today

Do you need a new or urgent electrical inspection report? Contact DTEEC today. We offer professional EICR services across London and Surrey, including Wimbledon and Banstead.

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