What to expect when you’re (electrically) inspected

Whether you're a landlord, an occupier, a homebuyer or a home-seller, you want to be sure that the electrics in your property are safe. For that, you’ll need an Electrical Installation Condition Report, or EICR.

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Whether you’re a landlord, an occupier, a homebuyer or a home-seller, you want to be sure that the electrics in your property are safe. For that, you’ll need an Electrical Installation Condition Report, or EICR.


An EICR inspection is a thorough assessment of a building’s electrics, incorporating various tests and visual checks. The purpose is to confirm, as far as possible, whether or not an electrical installation remains fit for purpose in accordance with BS 7671:2018+A2:2022 (IET Wiring Regulations, 18th Edition, with 2022 amendment). The report should identify any damage, deterioration, defects and potential dangers – some of which may be less than obvious to a casual observer.



Landlord requirements


Landlords should commission a new EICR at least once every five years. The appropriate frequency depends on factors such as the age of the property, significant changes of use, and so on. As of April 2021 it’s been a legal requirement to provide new or existing tenants with an EICR. Failure to do so carries a fine of up to £30,000, and could render your insurance invalid. Repeat offenders could be banned from renting out property.



Homeowners and renters


For buyers, sellers, or those renewing lease or rental agreements there’s no hard-and-fast rule that dictates when you should schedule an EICR inspection. Solicitors and building surveyors may request or recommend an up-to-date EICR as part of a survey or homebuyer’s report, based on their overall observation of the state of the electrical systems in a property.


Homeowners are recommended to have an EICR carried out at least once every ten years to ensure their electrics remain safe to use. Some property insurers insist on it.



What happens during an inspection?

During an EICR inspection, the fuse board (AKA the consumer unit), wiring and electrical accessories are inspected and tested for faults or deviations from wiring standards. The following will be thoroughly scrutinised:

  • The main earthing and bonding
  • Devices that protect against fire and electric shock
  • Wear and tear or other damage that might compromise safety
  • Damaged electrical accessories and fittings, including identification and isolation of any risky items
  • Exposed live wires, including identification and isolation of anything that could cause fire or injury




Do I need to do anything to get ready for an EICR inspection?

Strictly speaking, no – but you can save time and money by clearing access to all components, such as the consumer unit, electricity meter, sockets and switches, etc. Remove any obstacles or personal belongings that might slow the inspection down.


Oh – and put the kettle on (if it is safe to do so!). Electrical testing is thirsty work!



What if my property fails the EICR?

Don’t worry – it’s not the end of the world. One purpose of an EICR is to discover any faults, and make sure they can be fixed. Once rectified, a new inspection can be carried out, and the property can be given a clean bill of (electrical) health!



The next step


If you’re concerned about electrical safety in your property and you’d like to arrange an EICR inspection, talk to one of our experienced, qualified engineers. To book an appointment or request a visit, call us today on 01508 488007 or email enquiries@excelelectrical.co.uk.

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