Fixed Wire Testing (EICR) – British Standard: BS7671

The Electricity at Work Regulation 1989 state that the electrical installation must be maintained in a safe manner at all times and this must be evidenced. The most effective way to do this is through periodic inspection and testing of the electrical installation to BS:7671.

What is an EICR?

An EICR is the document issued, following an in-depth inspection and test to check the condition of the electrical installations in a property against the national safety standard for electrical installations. It also picks up any potential safety issues.

The checks must be carried out by a professional electrician, and the EICR issued by them. If passed, an EICR gives the green light to keep using the electrics in the property as they are. Any faults will be listed on the report, along with an explanation of why that electrical system failed the EICR.

Our City and Guilds qualified engineers will carry out testing with minimal disruption and their findings recorded in an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). Large sites, particularly hospitals, factories and Universities, would benefit from a programme of testing over 3 or 5 years supported by full schematic drawings, circuits charts and full portal access to view your documents.

What if there’s an issue?

If your engineer’s report flags up any issues with the electrical condition of your property, you are duty bound to act immediately, to guarantee the safety of your tenants, and other residents in the property’s surrounding yours.

Work should be carried out quickly, by a qualified electrician to bring the property up to standard. The engineer should provide written evidence on completion, detailing the work that has been carried out, and that the required standards have now been met. Once you have this evidence in writing, you should provide it to your tenants as proof that the property is now safe, and meeting all of the appropriate requirements.

Is an EICR a legal requirement?

Landlords in Scotland, and HMO landlords across the UK will already be familiar with the requirements to carry out EICR checks. However. Following a change to the law this month, the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 states that it is now a legal requirement for all rented properties in England to have a valid Electrical Condition report in place from July 1st 2020 at the start of a new tenancy.

How often does it need to be done?

There are no strict guidelines. Both campaigning charity Electrical Safety First and the Institution of Electrical Engineers recommend that private landlords get a new EICR done with every change of occupancy, or every five years, whichever is soonest.