EICR LANDLORD’S ELECTRICAL SAFETY CERTIFICATE/INSPECTION IN WIMBLEDON
EICR Landlord’s Electrical Safety Certificate/ Inspection in Wimbledon. A Landlord’s Electrical Safety Certificate (Inspection) is an Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR. Engineers at Affordable Electrics and Repairs ltd are Stroma approved Electrical contractors able to carry out EICRs to British Standards of Safety of Electrical Installations (BS 7671 Wiring Regulations).
Welcome to Affordable Electrics and Repairs ltd – a family run Wimbledon based business with over 30 years of industry experience. Having worked closely with many landlords we understand the legal requirements that Landlords must comply with to ensure their rented properties are safe.
On 1st June 2020 a new regulation came into force in England requiring Landlords to carry out Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) on their rented properties. Before 1st June 2020 Landlords were advised to have such tests performed but they were not legally obliged to. It is, therefore, now a legal requirement of landlords to ensure their electrical systems meet the safety standards for the safety of their tenants.
Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 require Private Tenancy Landlords to:
Have all new tenancies inspected and tested by a qualified approved electrician from 1st July 2020.
Existing tenancies must be inspected and tested by 1st April 2021.
All private tenancy properties must be re-inspected at the end of their term.
A copy of the EICR must be provided to both new and old tenants and to a Local Housing Authority when requested.
Remedial works identified by the Report must be carried out within 28 days from the date of the report or earlier if specified in the report.
WHAT IS (EICR) ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONDITON REPORT?
Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is previously known as a Periodic Inspection and Test. It is an assessment of an electrical system’s safety and compliance with the relevant regulations. In layman’s terms it is like an MOT of your electrics at home.
All electrical installations deteriorate with age and usage. It is, therefore, important to have them inspected regularly by an approved contractor.
However, as mentioned before, all private tenancy Landlords are now legally required to have an EICR which should be repeated as advised by the approved contractor carrying out the Periodic test.
Electrical Installation Tests must be carried out by Approved Qualified Contractors. Government’s Approved Registering Bodies include Stroma, Napit, NICEIC among others.
After a property has been tested an electrical contractor will issue a Condition Report or a Certificate. Often this Certificate is referred to as a Landlord’s Electrical Safety (Inspection and Test) Certificate because Landlords are now legally required to have an EICR carried out on their rented properties.
This Report (Certificate) will indicate whether a property has passed or failed. If a property has failed the test, the Report will outline the safety issues that are a cause for concern, the level of danger and recommendation for action that needs to be taken to insure the electrical installation meets safety requirements again. The property will be re-inspected at intervals between 1 – 5 years depending on the condition of the property and the type of tenancy. Our engineers will advise you how long your EICR will last.
Affordable Electrics and Repairs Approved Electrical Contractors can carry out EICR Inspection and Testing in many areas of South West London and Surrey. We cover Wimbledon, Epsom and Ewell, Kingston upon Thames, Putney, Richmond, Weybridge, Guildford, Dorking and many surrounding areas.
WHAT WILL AN EICR REPORT (ELECTRICAL SAFETY CERTIFICATE) SHOW?
After a Periodic Inspection has been carried out at a property, an Electrical Installation Condition Report or Certificate will be issued assessing the safety of an electrical installation.
The report will indicate whether the installation was Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. The engineer who carried out the Periodic Inspection will assign action codes to the issues they identified.
An Unsatisfactory Assessment will be indicated by Code 1 (C1), Code 2 (C2) or Code F1.
C1 code means the installation is dangerous and requires an immediate remedial action;
C2 code means potentially dangerous and needs to be acted upon as a matter of urgency;
Code F1 indicates Further Investigation Required without delay.
An Assessment indicated by a Code 3 (Code C3) means “improvement recommended” but is not urgent.
The EICR will assess many parts of the electrical system such as fuse boards (consumer units), supply characteristics and earthing arrangements, circuits and sockets. The assessment will indicate whether the electrical installation is safe or if it requires immediate improvement. The approved engineer will also state how quickly the issues identified need to be remedied. By law these remedial works must be carried out within 28 days from the inspection date or earlier if the report indicates this. The report is an important document and must be shown to tenants or local housing authority upon request.
Contact us if you require an EICR (Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate) for your property in Wimbledon or nearby areas, we will be happy to assist you.
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