Electrical Condition Reports – Landlords and Homeowners
Regular electrical safety checks and electrical testing and inspection is not only necessary but is required by legislation in both domestic and commercial settings. Because all electrical installations deteriorate due to several factors such as damage, wear, tear, corrosion, excessive electrical loading, ageing and environmental influences current legislation requires that electrical installations are maintained in a safe condition and therefore must be periodically inspected and tested. We can test items in relation to PAT testing, fire alarms and emergency lighting.
An EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is the most straightforward and cost-effective way of proving an electrical installation is safe. It is a formal document that is produced following an assessment of the electrical installation within a property. It must be carried out by an experienced qualified electrician.
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There are many reasons you might want electrical safety checks or electrical testing and inspections;
- Landlords require an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
- Offices, commercial buildings and landlords may require PAT testing
- Home buyers may require an electrical survey. Requesting an EICR on a property you’re about to purchase is the best way to find out if work needs to be carried out on the electrical system
- If your existing electrical system has been altered or damaged, or the premises is changing use
- To ensure compliance with BS7671 (IET wiring regulations for electrical installations)
- Licensing authorities, public bodies, insurance companies, mortgage lenders and others may require an EICR.
The Oxford Electrical Company offers testing and inspection services for all the above, for both domestic and commercial clients of all sizes. Including;
- Visual condition report
- Home buyers electrical survey
- Part P certification
- Electrical installation certificates
- Minor works installation certificates
- Periodic electrical inspection report
- PAT (Portable appliance) testing.
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) for Landlords
An EICR is most commonly used by landlords as it is the easiest way of proving an electrical installation is safe. If landlords do not complete their electrical safety obligations they may not only be putting their properties and tenants and risk, but they also face significant financial risks from fines and invalidated insurances.
Landlords are required by law to ensure:
- That when tenants move in the electrical installation in the rented property is safe and is and maintained throughout the tenancy
- That HMOs (House in Multiple Occupation) have periodic inspections every five years
- That any appliances provided within the rental property are safe and has at least the CE marking. (A PAT test is an effective way for landlords to ensure that they are meeting their legal obligations to maintain exacting standards of electrical safety in their rented property).
The Oxford Electrical company recommends landlords complete a thorough visual inspection of the property between tenancies, carry out regular safety checks on the electrical appliances as part of the rental agreement, ensures the property has adequate RCD protection and uses a respected and registered electrician, such as The Oxford Electrical Company, not only for the initial EICR report but for any further PAT testing or safety checks.
Please call The Oxford Electrical Company on 01865 803017 who can assist you with a range of testing and safety check services from EIRC to minor work certificates, PAT testing and visual inspections.