EICR Rules: A Guide for Landlords

We know as a landlord you have a lot to think about from keeping your rental properties safe and compliant to dealing with tenant concerns, so we wanted to help break down the reasoning behind needing an EICR (electrical installation condition report) and what you can expect to happen.

EICR Rules: A guide for landlords

What is an EICR for?

Let’s start with the basics. An EICR is like a health check for your property’s electrical system. It’s a thorough inspection that assesses the condition of your wiring, sockets, light fixtures, and any other electrical installations. Think of it as an MOT for your home’s electrical setup. EICR’s are a great way to identify defects, deterioration, damages and/or conditions which may indicate potential danger, as well as providing recommendations for improvement.

Is it a legal requirement to have an EICR?

Short answer: Yes. As of 1st June 2020, it’s a legal requirement for private landlords in England to have a valid EICR for their rental properties. Other parts of the UK might have slightly different regulations, so it’s always good to double-check with your local authorities. Find out more.

Can a landlord be fined for not having an EICR?

Unfortunately, yes. Ignoring the EICR requirement can lead to fines of up to £30,000. Ouch, right? Compliance isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s about keeping your property and your tenants safe.

Who is responsible for the EICR test?

The responsibility falls on your shoulders as a landlord. You need to hire a qualified and registered electrician to carry out the inspection.

What would fail on an EICR?

Common issues include faulty wiring with damaged sockets, switches & lights as well as outdated fuse boxes. The report will categorize findings as either ‘C1’ (danger present), ‘C2’ (potentially dangerous), or ‘C3’ (improvement recommended). Don’t worry; your electrician will explain everything in the report.

How do I prepare for an EICR?

Clear access to all electrical installations is a good start. Make sure the electrician can easily reach fuse boxes, sockets, and other key areas. It’s also a good idea to inform your tenants in advance, just so they know what’s happening and can make any necessary arrangements.

How long does an EICR take to do?

The duration can vary depending on the size and complexity of your property. On average, you’re looking at a few hours, but it’s a small investment for the safety of your property and the people living in it.

Stay compliant, keep it safe, and happy renting!

Need an EICR carried out for one of your rental properties? Get booked in with gas-elec today. We have a nationwide coverage of engineers so you don’t need to worry about where your property is located, and with over 26 years experience you can have peace of mind that you will be fully compliant. As well as EICRs, we also carry out anything from gas checks to installing CO and fire alarms. Check out our website to see how we can keep you compliant.