img niceinEvery property should have its electrical installation subjected to testing and certified periodically.

This is called an Electrical Installation Condition Report - EICR for short.

 

An EICR will reveal any:

  • Electrical circuits or equipment which are overloaded
  • Potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards
  • Defective DIY electrical work
  • Lack of earthing or bonding

 

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Frequently asked questions

  • Who needs to have a Periodic Inspection?

Landlords in particular owe a statutory responsibility towards their tenants. Aside from their Common Law duty of care, the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 requires that not only is the electrical equipment safe at the beginning of every tenancy but that it is also maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy. Landlords should make sure regular periodic inspections have been undertaken to make sure the safety of tenants is not compromised.

Electrical hazards are also covered by the Housing Health and Safety Rating System under the Housing Act 2004.

In the case of commercial premises and residences in multiple occupation there is a statutory duty under the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 for the Responsible Person (normally the property manager) to undertake annual Fire Safety Risk Assessments, which also include electrical safety risks.

For a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO), it is a statutory requirement that the building management:

"ensures that every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at intervals not exceeding five years by a person qualified to undertake such inspection and testing"

It is a statutory requirement that commercial properties and properties where the public have access, are regularly checked and that an EICR is performed on the electrical services. The period between inspections is determined by the type and the use of the building.

If you let a property you are required to make sure that the electrical system and all appliances installed or supplied are safe to use. Failure to comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and the The Consumer Protection Act 1987 is a criminal offence and may result in a hefty fine or even a jail sentence.

  • What is checked in a Periodic Inspection?

A Periodic Inspection Report (EICR) should reveal if electrical circuits are being overloaded, find potential hazards within the electrical installation, identify sub-standard DIY work, high light any insufficient earthing or bonding and continue to test all of the fixed wiring of the installation. This includes checking fuse and circuit breaker ratings and also testing the RCD's making sure they trip under fault conditions.

Periodic Inspection is the examination of the state of an existing electrical installation, to ascertain (in order of priority) any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations. There are four levels used:

Code 1 - Requires urgent attention

Code 2 - Requires improvement

Code 3 - Requires further investigation

Code 4 - Does not comply with British Standard 7671 (does not mean it is necessarily dangerous)

The end result from the Periodic Inspection Report will establish the overall state of all the electrics and telling you whether or not it is satisfactory for continued use and will outline any work that might need to be done. This will be ranked upon the urgency of the work needing to be done.

The NICEIC approved electrician will inspect the electrical installation against the requirements of BS7671 'Requirements for Electrical Installations' ( IEE Wiring Regulations), which is the national safety standard for electrical installations, running to some 800 regulations.

Having completed the inpection, the electrician will supply a certificate of inspection, which will give a clear snapshot as to the condition of the electrical installation on the day it was carried out. If compared with previous inpection reports, any deterioration of the installation over time can be spotted before a dangerous situation arises.

Below is an example EICR certificate you will receive when the inspection is completed. This will highlight any non-conformances and potential safety issues.

NICEIC certification

  • Who is qualified to conduct a Periodic Inspection?

Periodic Inspections should only be undertaken by a qualified NICEIC domestic or commercial approved electrician.

  • When should I get a Periodic Inspection carried out?

It is recommended that Periodic Inspection and testing is carried out at least every:

10 years for a domestic installation

5 years for a commercial installation

3 years for caravans

1 year for swimming pools

Other instances when a Periodic Inspection should be carried out are:

When a property is being or about to be let

Prior to selling or buying a previously occupied property

 

Our periodic inspection prices can be viewed on our charges page.

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