What happens if my house fails an EICR?

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What happens if my house fails an EICR?

If your EICR grades your installation is ‘Unsatisfactory’ the areas of concern will be clearly categorised as follows: C1 – Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required C2 – Potentially dangerous – Urgent remedial action required C3 – …

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Support 1-February-2021

Will the electricity be turned off during EICR?

Each circuit within the system does require a short period when the power is turned off during the EICR inspection however the majority of the testing is carried out whilst the electricity is on.  For the most part the electrician …

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Support 31-January-2021

Do I need an EICR?

From 1st April 2021, every property rented to private tenants must have an EICR certificate.  This includes tenants under Assured Shorthold Tenancy, Licence to Occupy, and a Periodic Tenancy.  A Periodic Tenancy is where a rental agreement has expired and …

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Support 31-January-2021

How long does an EICR take?

A typical EICR inspection will generally take 3-4 hours for a modern 3 bedroom house with a kitchen, bathroom and living room.  The time taken is dependent upon the size of the property, the number of circuits and the number …

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Support 31-January-2021

What is tested in an EICR?

A qualified electrician carrying out an EICR will inspect and test the electrical circuits and installations within a building are correctly installed, safe and well maintained. That means identifying overloaded systems, risks of electric shock, fire hazards, defective electrical works, …

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Support 31-January-2021

Is a Periodic Tenancy a new tenancy for EICR?

It depends upon the current tenancy agreement but it can be determined by the answer to the following question: Does the current tenancy agreement state that at the end of the fixed term the contract will become Periodic ? If …

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Who is responsible for arranging the EICR?

It is the landlords responsibility to organise an EICR at the start of each new tenancy or at the end of the 5 year term.  The full report must be provided to the tenant within 28 days of completion and …

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Who should carry out an EICR?

Only registered electricians should carry out an EICR. They must be able to prove competency by holding a Level 3 Award in Periodic Inspection, Testing and Certification of Electrical Installations (EICR)

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How often is an EICR required?

An EICR is required every 5 years or until a new tenancy begins, whichever comes first.  See also the FAQ “Is a Periodic Tenancy a New Tenancy?” If you have a swimming pool it should be inspected and tested every …

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Support 30-January-2021

Is there a penalty for not having a current EICR?

Yes there is.  From April 1st 2021 not having a current and valid EICR would mean you are in breach of the ‘Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020’ and would leave you exposed to a …

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