Electrical Installation Condition Reports
A Electrical Installation Condition Report (Formerly a Periodc Inspection Report) is a term used within the electrical installation industry. Every London property should have it's electrical installation(s) tested and certified periodically, with the frequency depending on the building's age, use and general condition.
An EICR will reveal if electrical circuits are being overloaded, correctly earthed, the condition of the wiring and potential hazards within the electrical installation. It will help identify defective DIY work. This includes checking fuse(s) and circuit breaker(s), testing the RCD(s) and ensuring that your installation will fail safe under fault conditions; thus protecting you and your family from electric shocks and electrical fires.
The outcome from the Condition Report will establish the overall condition of all of the electrics within your home (A bit like an MOT you'd have carried out on your car). It will tell you whether it is satisfactory for continued use and will detail any remedial work that might need to be done, graded by importance with a recommended timescale.
The recommended time between Electrical condition reports on a rented property is every 5 years, or at the change of occupancy (To ensure the previous occupants didn't damage the electrics). Although these reports are not compulsory, If something goes wrong with the electrics in your tenanted house, you may be liable for any damages if you cannot prove that you had the electrical supply correctly maintained by an approved person. These reports could often contribute to lower insurance premiums.
Landlords are legally obligated to get an Electrical Installation Condition Report every five years where the home is catagorised as a HMO. The landlord is required to make this Condition Report available to their tenants and the local authority at all times.
The full legal definition of a HMO can be found here.
We will happily carry out and issue Condition Reports for HMO properties.