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Electrical Installation Condition Report ( EICR)

What is an EICR Certificate?


An Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) or Electrical Certificate is an in-depth inspection of your property’s electrical installation and systems. The EICR inspection is to assess and identify any condition, deterioration or defect which has the potential to result in danger. All the electrical systems and installations present in residential or commercial buildings are thoroughly inspected to get an electrical safety certification. 

Do I need an EICR Certificate?

Legislation has recently changed and now states that from July 1st 2020, privately rented properties will need a valid EICR Certificate - Electrical Certificate for all new tenancies and renewals. Businesses also require a valid EICR Electrical Certificate as they are legally responsible for the welfare of their staff, customers or tenants.


The frequency of having an electrical inspection and test carried out depends on the type and use of property, the condition of your system and the outcome of the last inspection.


As a guide and recommended by BS 7671 the following applies:


  • Business Owners – should have an EICR test once every five years.

  • Landlords – should also have an EICR test once every 5 years or when there is a change of tenancy. New regulations brought into force mean it is now essential for every rental property to have a current EICR certificate by April 2021.

  • Homeowners – should have an EICR test one every 10 years unless the property has a swimming pool in which case it is recommended the electrics should be tested every year.

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