As of July 2020, landlords are required to provide an Electrical Installation Condition Report, which we will handily refer to as an EICR for the rest of this post. For most renters, an EICR isn’t something they will likely be familiar with.
In fact, there wasn’t a ton of news as it became part of rental legislation here in the UK. But it’s important that renters know what an EICR is, how it affects them and the role the landlord plays in ensuring your rental home has one.
We’ve put this guide together, detailing everything you need to know about an EICR as a renter. From what it entails to how you can check if your property has one, this is your chance to get the lowdown on all things EICR.
What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report?
An EICR is a report that states the conditions of the electric installation in your rental home. While it’s easy to see visible structural damage, things such as electrical cables are harder to pinpoint – even though they could have suffered from wear and tear over the years.
Faulty and old wiring is one of the primary causes of fires around the home, and an EICR checks that everything is in good working order. The report records the results of the inspection, finds damage (if any), discovers parts of wiring that might not meet regulations, as well as anything that can cause an electric shock.
Is an Electrical Installation Condition Report mandatory?
Pre-July 2020, an EICR wasn’t mandatory for a landlord to rent out a home. However, as of July 1st 2020, reports must be carried out in the private rental sector. Whether it’s a new tenancy or an existing one, a rental home will need an EICR.
All landlords have until April 2021 to comply with the new regulations, which gives them enough time to arrange a test if they haven’t done so already. EICRs join gas safety and EPCs as mandatory safety checks needed in a rental property.
Who carries out an Electrical Installation Condition Report?
An EICR needs to be carried out by a qualified person who will undertake all the necessary checks. A “qualified person” is an electrician who has recognised apprenticeships or Level 3 Certificates in Level 3 Certificate Installing and Testing and Ensuring Compliance of Electrical Installations in Dwellings.
The rating from the report needs to be at least “satisfactory” and renewed every five years unless the electrician states that it needs doing sooner. Landlords can’t carry out the check themselves unless they are a qualified electrician.
How do I know if an EICR has been carried out?
Before you move into your new home, the landlord is required to provide a copy of all the necessary certificates, including an EPC, gas safety certificate and EICR report. If you don’t receive any of this documentation, you should get in touch with your landlord or managing agent and request a copy.
You have a right to request one in writing, at which point the landlord has 28 days to provide a copy of the report. If no EICR has been carried out, the landlord needs to tell you and must have one in place by April 2021.
Electrical installation condition reports are the latest in a line of legislation designed to make renting even safer, which is great for renters. As well as providing an EPC, gas safety check and ensuring smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in working order, an EICR offers extra safety around the home. That means you can relax in your rental pad knowing that the important components are as they should be.