Commercial EICR Testing and Inspection

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.

Commercial EICR

What is an EICR?

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.

Commercial Electrical Installation Condition Report

What does an EICR test cover?

A typical EICR inspection identifies the following issues in your electrical system:

  • - Broken or cracked wiring
  • - Inadequate earthing or bonding
  • - Electrical faults that can cause shocks and fires
  • - Faulty circuits or equipment that may cause overheating

 

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:

  • - Make sure they receive a written report from the electrician, which includes detailed results, instructions for remedial work, and the required date for the next inspection.
  • - Provide existing tenants with a copy of the report beginning April 1, 2021 within 28 days of the inspection.
  • - Supply new tenants with a copy of a recent satisfactory report starting July 1, 2020 prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
  • - Provide local housing authorities with a copy of the report within 7 days upon request.
  • - Retain a copy of the report until the next inspection, and issue a copy to the electrician conducting the next EICR.

 

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. 

Commercial EICR Report

  • - Code C1 (\'Danger Present\') - Anybody using the faulty installation is at risk. A repair must be performed as soon as possible. A qualified person must ensure the installation will be safe to use moving forward.
  • - Code C2 (\'Potentially Dangerous\') - There is no immediate threat but the damage is likely to pose a threat in the future.
  • - Code C3 (\'Improvement Recommended\') –The damage may not present an immediate or potential danger but would result in a significantly safer environment if remedied.

 

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.

Safe and fast electrical inspections

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.

If you are a letting agent, landlord, or anyone looking for electricians to conduct EICRs, contact us at hello@propcert.co.uk.


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