What is an Electrical Inspection Conditioning Report inspection?
An Electrical inspection Conditioning report (EICR) or a periodic inspection is an inspection to check whether an electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition for continual use. On completion of the testing and inspection of the installation, an Electrical Installation Condition Report will be issued. The report will detail any visual damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous, test results of the installation and any non-compliances with the IEE Wiring Regulaions safety standard which might give rise to danger.

As a landlord, what responsibility do I have in relation to the electrics in a property that I intend to let?
You have a duty of care to your tenant and must ensure that the installation is safe when they enter the property and is maintained throughout their tenure.

The Landlords and Tenants Act (1985) requires that the electrical installation in a rented property is:

  • safe when a tenancy begins and
  • maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy.
  • We recommend that in order to comply with this Act, you get a registered electrician to carry out an Electrical Condition Report (EICR) on any property you intend to let before getting tenants in. This will certify whether the electrics are safe and tell you if anything needs upgrading.

I am a landlord, how often should I have an inspection carried out in my property?

If you own an HMO (House in Multiple Occupation), you have a legal obligation to have a periodic inspection carried out on your property every five years.

If your property is not an HMO, then you are not legally obliged to get your installation tested on a periodic basis.

However, we recommend that you have a full periodic inspection carried out every five years or on change of tenancy – whichever comes first.

Our guidance is based on legal obligations set out in The Landlords and Tenant Act (1985).

Who should carry out an EICR or a periodic inspection?
EICR, Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as NICEIC Approved registered electricians.

When does an EICR or a periodic inspection need to be undertaken?
It is recommended that an EICR is carried out at the following times:
  • for rented properties, at each change of occupancy, or every 5 years, whichever is sooner
  • at least every 10 years for an owner-occupied home or for change of occupancy. Mortgage companies sometimes request this to be carried out.
  • at least every 5 years for a business or change of occupancy.

We recommend landlords arrange for an EICR to be carried out by a registered electrician at the relevant intervals shown above.
The Landlords and Tenant Act 1985 requires all landlords of properties with short leases to keep the electrical installations in good repair and in proper working order.

EICR’s of the electrics should be carried out more frequently on the places and premises listed here:
3 years for a caravan
1 year for a swimming pool