Importance of EIRC for Landlords

Importance of EIRC for Landlords

EIRC or Electrical Installation Condition Reports are vital for landlords and property owners to ensure electrical installations are satisfactory for continued use. In this blog we explore the importance of EIRC reports for landlords and property owners, continue reading to find out more.

What is an EICR Report?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report, often abbreviated to EIRC, is provided on completion of an electrical inspection. This inspection is required to meet the national standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS7671: 2018.

The test completed to complete your EIRC report may sometimes be referred to as ‘Fixed Wire Testing’. Most professionals will now refer to the test as an EICR Electrical Installation Condition Report.

It is important to note an EICR certificate is not issued to certify or commission a new electrical installation. An EIC is issued for new electrical installations and minor works for existing installations which are altered.

What does an EICR Certificate Mean?

Once your EIRC is completed, you receive a certificate which deems your electrical installation as satisfactory. This satisfactory grade ranks your electrical installation as safe for continued use. 

 

What does an EICR Inspection Cover?

An inspection includes visual and physical testing. EICR Inspections include electrical items such as sockets, switches, light fittings, casings, circuits, distribution and fixed wiring.

This inspection looks for signs of damage. Damage such as cracks or overheating can cause significant issues, so identifying any deterioration is key. The inspection also assesses elements like insulation quality and includes both dead and live electrical testing.

Importance of EIRC for Landlords

Key Point: It is the responsibility of the landlord, not the tenant, to arrange and obtain an Electrical Installation Condition Report.

When is an EICR Certificate required?

A landlord must arrange and obtain an EIRC from a competent person when:

  • A new tenant is scheduled to move into a commercial property.
  • Within 5 years of the last test (industry dependent).

Non-compliance to obtain an EIRC can lead to fines of up to £30,000 and may also invalidate your insurance if EICR requirements are stipulated in your policy.

Can you fail an EIRC?

The EIRC report identifies risks in four classifications, EIRC Classification Codes C1, C2, C3, and FI. These classifications categorise hazards recognised into danger and severity.

EICR Classification Code C1 (Danger Present)

Code C1 identifies risk and the person responsible should take immediate action e.g. isolating and switching off the electrical supply.

Immediate remedial action is required.

EICR Classification Code C2 (Potentially Dangerous)

Code C2 highlights whilst there may be no immediate risk to the electrical installation operative, there is an urgent remedial works requirement to remove any potential dangers.

EICR Classification Code C3 (Improvement recommended)

A Code C3 identifies there is a non-compliance of a safety standard and remedial work should be carried out to significantly improve the electrical installation.

EICR Code FI (Further investigation required without delay)

There may be situations whereby the inspector is limited to access or unable to identify an outcome, thereby leading to reasonable doubt, indicating there is a potential danger.

In these circumstances ‘FI’ (further investigation) would be reported and required without delay.

Who can carry out an EIRC?

An NICEIC Electrical Installation Condition Report, required for legal compliance and insurance liabilities, can only be completed by a NICEIC approved contractor like McDevitt Electrical and Controls Ltd.

The NICEIC is the UK’s leading certification body for the electrical contracting industry and assesses the competence of businesses undertaking electrical work in the UK. Ensuring you work with an electrical contractor with the NICEIC Certification is important to ensure you receive safe and high-quality electrical work.

EIRC Services by McDevitt Electrical and Controls Ltd

McDevitt Electrical and Controls Ltd offer multiple EIRC services and are accredited to do so by the NICEIC. Our services include:

  • EIRC Inspections for Commercial Property
  • EIRC Inspections for Residential Property
  • NICEIC Electrical Installation Condition Report
  • Remedial Works

To find out more about our services, please contact us.

Additionally, you can read more about EICR inspections and reports on the Government website here

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