top of page

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) – all you need to know

A landlord’s Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) has been a legal requirement since June 2020 for all privately rented properties.

The regulations state that landlords must have the electrical installations in their properties inspected by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years. A responsible landlord wants to keep their tenants safe; most will already employ the services of a qualified electrician to inspect and repair the electrics in their properties. These changes help to provide clear guidance for landlords. If you are a landlord in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and need a landlord’s electrical installation condition report, Blue Tech Electrical are the local electricians you can trust to keep your property and tenants safe.

A Landlords Electrical Responsibility:

Under the current regulations, a landlord must have an electrical installation condition report (EICR) carried out by a qualified and competent person. A registered electrician is such a person. This must happen at an interval of at least every 5 years, or earlier if recommended by your electrician. The registered electrician will inspect your property and provide you with a copy of your EIRC.

As a Landlord, You Must:
  • Give a copy of the EICR to your tenant within 28 days of the electrician’s inspection and test.

  • Supply a copy of the EICR to the local housing authority within 7 days of receiving a request.

  • Retain a copy of you EICR until the next inspection and test. You must supply a copy to the electrician who carries out your next electrical inspection.

  • Provide a copy of the electrical installation condition report to any new tenant before their tenancy begins; and any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request in writing.

What will My Electrical Installation Condition Report state?

After the electrician has finished their inspection of the electrical installation in your property, they will issue the EICR. The report will include observations and will list items as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Codes will indicate the urgency with which action is required.

Unsatisfactory Codes are:

  • C1 – Danger present, risk of injury, immediate action required

  • C2 – Potentially Dangerous, urgent remedial action required

  • FI – Further investigation required

These all require works to be undertaken, with a C1 code requiring your electrician to take immediate action to ensure safety.

A Satisfactory Code is:

  • C3 – Improvement recommended

This means that the specified area is safe but is likely to need work soon. It can also indicate that it does not meet current regulations.

Your electrician will go through their findings in detail and explain what steps are needed to rectify any issues. If your report is unsatisfactory, then remedial work will need to take place within 28 days or less if specified by your electrician.

Who can perform My Landlord Electrical Installation Condition Report?

As a landlord, you are required to employ a qualified and competent person to perform the EICR inspection. To check that your electrician meets the requirements, they need:

  • Adequate insurance. This should include at least £2 million public liability insurance and £250,000 professional indemnity insurance

  • A qualification covering the current version of the wiring regulations (BS 7671)

  • A qualification covering the periodic inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations

  • At least two years’ experience in carrying out periodic inspection and testing

Choosing an electrician who is registered with NICEIC will ensure they meet these strict standards. A registered electrician is regularly assessed to ensure their compliance with regulations. Their work will be of the highest standards. Blue Tech Electrical are NICEIC registered qualified electricians and are approved to perform electrical testing for landlords.

If you are a landlord in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough and looking for a registered, competent electrician then Blue Tech Electrical are here to help. Our fully qualified, NICEIC registered electricians are ready to help you with all your landlord electrical needs including electrical installation condition reports.


bottom of page