April 4, 2023

Landlord Electrical Report

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An up-to-date landlord electrical report is a legal requirement for rental homes in England. The landlord electrical report is also known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report, or EICR for short. It is an essential part of a landlord’s electrical responsibility and helps to ensure the safety of both your tenants and your Newhaven property. J Kirby Electrical are your local electrician in Newhaven and are highly experienced in the provision of landlord electrical reports. If you need an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) for your Newhaven property, we are here to help.

What is an EICR?

An EICR is the thorough inspection of the electrical installation of your rental property in Newhaven. It must be carried out by a qualified and competent electrician.  For landlords, this electrical report is a legal responsibility and must be completed at a minimum of every 5 years. During the EICR inspection, your electrician will look at the property’s fixed electrical installation to assess its condition. This will include the fuse board or consumer unit, wiring and cables, and all electrical accessories such as light switches. They will be looking for any signs of wear or damage that could make your electrics unsafe, anything that doesn’t meet regulations, and anything that could cause a potential shock. Upon completion of the electrical inspection, your electrician will prepare the electrical report itself and present their findings to you, the landlord. 

What does a landlords EICR report show?

A landlords EICR report will detail your electricians’ findings. These will be listed as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory code. The codes on the EICR indicate the urgency with which action is needed.

Unsatisfactory EICR Codes are:

  • C1 – Danger present, risk of injury, immediate remedial action required
  • C2 – Potentially Dangerous, urgent remedial action required
  • FI – Further investigation required

These all require swift action and remedial works. A C1 code often requires immediate action to ensure the safety of your tenants. 

A Satisfactory EICR Code is:

  • C3 – Improvement recommended

This indicates that an area inspected is safe but may require action later. This often means part of your electrics is safe but does not meet current guidelines.

The electrician who carries out your EICR inspection will explain their findings to you and advise what is needed to rectify any issues. They can give you with a quote or estimate for the works. If any remedial work is required, this will legally need to take place within 28 days.

What to do with your Landlords Electrical Report

After your EICR has been completed and any remedial works have been carried out, as a landlord you must:

  • Give your tenant a copy of the EICR electrical report within 28 days of the inspection.
  • Provide a copy of the EICR to the local housing authority within 7 days upon receipt of such a request.
  • Keep a copy of each EICR report until the next inspection and provide this to the electrician carrying out the next inspection.
  • Supply a copy of the most recent report to any new tenant before that tenant occupies those premises; and any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request in writing.

If you are a landlord in the Newhaven area and require a landlords electrical report (EICR), J Kirby Electrical are here to help. Our experienced, fully qualified and NAPIT registered electricians will be happy to answer any questions you may have about Electrical Installation Condition Reports for landlords. Call us today and speak to our friendly, professional team.

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