What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report?
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a report in which a qualified electrician carries out a detailed inspection of a property’s electrical installations. The EICR identifies any damage, deterioration, defects and/or conditions which may give rise to danger along with observations for which improvement is recommended.
Typically an EICR will take around 3-4 hours to complete, depending on the size of a property and the number of circuits requiring testing.
EICRs will be mandatory for residential rental properties with new tenancies from July 1st 2020 and for existing tenancies from April 2021.
Who are our Electricians who will be carrying out the EICRs?
We have four qualified Testing and Inspection Electricians, all permanently employed by H2 Property Services. Rafi, Mark, Sonny and Matt will carry out your EICRs over the coming weeks and months. They are all senior electricians.
Do I need an EICR?
If you are a landlord, an EICR is now required by law. New rules have now come into force with ‘The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020’ – the new regulations require landlords to get an Electrical Installation Condition Report for all new tenancies from July 1st 2020, and subsequently renew the EICR every 5 years – 5 years being the maximum time frame depending on the outcome of the EICR. From April 2021 an EICR will also be mandatory on all existing tenancies.
Why use H2 Property Services for your EICRs?
We are an Approved Electrical Contractor with the NICEIC. Part of this important accreditation means that once a year we go through rigorous inspection from the NICEIC. Their inspectors go with our electricians to properties where we have done EICRs and remedial work over the past 12 months, and assess all our work.
The guidelines are very strict and the inspection is a pass or fail. We most recently were inspected in February 2020 and passed. This means you can use our electrician services, knowing we are fully qualified and registered to carry out the work.
You can check our accreditations here at http://www.niceic.com/
We have £250,000 private indemnity insurance for EICRs, and £5 million public liability insurance.
We are also on the Private Rented Sector register as approved contractors to carry out EICRs – see our certificate here – Private Rental Sector – EICR approval.
Can H2 do the Remedial Work from an EICR?
Yes. We will provide a written quotation for any remedial work arising from an EICR. Our Electricians will be able to carry out all of this work and will notify the local council’s Building Control of our work.
We can provide you with installation certificates to show your landlord has had work carried out to bring their rental property up to new legal standards, and by notifying your council you will also receive the certificates you need from Building Control to state your property is compliant.
How to instruct us with an EICR
Our team makes the process easy for you from the point you call or email, to our office staff liaising with your tenants or keyholders. We can provide copies of your certificates by email so we get them to you quickly, and we’ll then follow up with our straightforward invoicing.
Are we working now?
Yes. Our team is working safely within strict government guidelines for COVID-19. All our electricians are briefed in social distancing and are equipped with PPE. You can find our policies and advice by visiting our contact page.
Our priority is to keep our customers and staff safe throughout COVID-19, so it may be that we ask tenants to confirm they are not going to be in the property during the EICR.
We will always ask if anyone is shielding, suffering from any symptoms of COVID-19 or has recently tested positive. If so, we will not be able to carry out the EICR until a later date when we can confirm it is safe to do so.
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