What is an EICR?
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a certificate attesting to the safety and general condition of all electrical installations and fittings in the home. The report is drawn up after a detailed assessment by a qualified electrician. The electrician carries out a visual inspection of the electrical installation and performs a series of tests to ensure. That everything works safely and meets the minimum legal requirements. If the electrician finds a fault that he considers dangerous. He includes the relevant advisory code in his report and informs the homeowner of the work needed to correct the fault. The certificate also indicates the date when the next inspection is required.
Please note that the EICR check does not include PAT testing. For portable appliances in the dwelling (i.e. appliances that can be unplugged and moved). If you hire white goods or other household appliances. You are legally obliged to ensure that they are safe to use. However, you are not required to carry out PAT tests or provide documentation to tenants. Unless this is a condition of obtaining a license from your local authority. However, regular testing of equipment is still best practice to ensure tenant safety. Landlords can also be sued for negligence in the event of injury or property damage caused by faulty equipment. Visit also: EICR report London
What are the new rules and how do they differ?
Landlords have always been required by law to ensure the safety of their properties before and during use. And can be held criminally liable if a tenant is injured by faulty electrical installation. However, until now, there has been no legal requirement for landlords to carry out regular EICR assessments or provide documentation to occupiers unless they were renting out multi-occupancy homes (HMOs).
Under the new regulations, which come into force in July 2020, landlords who rent out private accommodation in England will have to carry out an EICR assessment every five years and ensure they provide a copy of the certificate to their tenants. To demonstrate compliance, landlords must
- before the start of any new tenancy (including renewals and fixed term tenancies after a specified period) commencing on or after 1 July and, for existing tenancies, before 1 April 2021, engage a qualified electrician to carry out the checks and obtain a certificate showing the results and the date of the next required check For existing tenancies, this must be done by 1 April 2021.
- New tenants must be provided with a copy of the EICR before they move in.
- If the EICR is to be replaced, a copy must be given to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection.
- If a copy is requested, pass the EICR to the local authority within 7 days or face a fine.
- And if the hirer requests a copy in writing, provide the EICR within 28 days.
- Make the EICR available to a prospective tenant who requests it within 28 days (for example, someone who is applying to buy the property).
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