Landlords have a duty of care to their tenants. One way to demonstrate due diligence is through a commercial Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
Under the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, all private rented properties must comply with mandatory electrical safety checks at least once every five years. Landlords have a responsibility to hire a qualified electrician to ensure all electrical fixtures are in satisfactory condition.
An EICR is an official document produced after a thorough inspection of a property’s electrical system. During an EICR, a qualified electrician identifies defects in wiring, sockets, fuse spurs, and light fittings. Any deviations from safety standards detailed in the report should be dealt with accordingly.
A typical EICR inspection identifies the following issues in your electrical system:
A safety check is usually recommended every 5 years for commercial properties and every 3 years for industrial ones. But the frequency can vary depending on the electrical system’s age and condition.
Once the EICR is carried out, the landlord must:
If a landlord breaches any of these regulations, local authorities can impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000. It is also the landlord’s duty to ensure that urgent remedial works highlighted in the report are addressed immediately.
Examples of Code C1 include exposed live wires that are accessible to human touch and conductive parts that have become exposed.
Examples of Code C2 include the absence or a reliable earthing, and when a metallic pipe is used for flammable liquids like gases.
Examples of Code C3 include the absence of a \'Safety Electrical Connection - Do Not Remove\' sign, and socket outlets mounted incorrectly.
All electrical installations deteriorate over time. An EICR is the best way to ensure electrical safety within your property. At Prop Cert, our fully qualified electricians have over 10 years of experience in property surveying. Our flexibility and fast turnaround time enable us to conduct over 5,000 successful property assessments throughout the UK every month.
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