All landlords have a duty of care to ensure that the electrical installations within their properties cannot cause harm to their users, and will keep tenants safe in the event of a fault.
Property buyers should ensure that any property they intend to purchase has a safe, fault-free electrical installation, in order to avoid costly repairs and maintenance fees later on.
How can you be sure that the electrical installations in your rental property or potential purchase are safe and fit for purpose? The responsible person should have a periodic inspection carried out on the property. An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) will then be produced and remedial action can be taken where necessary.
An EICR can be used to negotiate a purchase, and is regularly insisted on by surveyors, solicitors and mortgage companies. An EICR should only be produced by a Qualified Electrician, so in order to ensure your EICR is professionally produced, and covers all applicable electrical installations, you can call on HouseCert.
How can I get an EICR?
Covering Cheshire, North Wales and The Wirral, HouseCert is the local one stop solution for property Landlords, Buyers, Sellers and Estate Agents. We offer a total package of an Electrical Installation Safety Check, followed by the compilation of an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), and a quote for any remedial work that may be required.
Completed by our locally-based Qualified Electricians, the check will usually take around 3 hours (or more, depending upon the size and complexity of the installation).
If any remedial work is required, we can provide a competitive quote for it to be carried out by our qualified personnel.
- HouseCert is registered with the NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contractors) and all notifiable work will include the provision of NICEIC certification.
- Reports and certificates are usually issued within 24 hours of completion of safety checks and remedial work.
- Where multiple services are required, we aim to complete all the assessments in one single visit, thus minimising disruption to tenants and vendors.
What is an EICR?
EICR stands for Electrical Installation Condition Report.
This report defines the condition of the electrical installation of a property, and is produced following an inspection by a Qualified Electrician of all aspects of that installation. The inspection will usually include items such as the fuse board, switches, sockets and lighting fixtures and fittings. The report (previously titled a Periodic Inspection Report) will define any feature of the installation that requires attention under 3 categories:
- C1 – Danger present. Risk of injury – immediate remedial action required.
- C2 – Potentially dangerous – urgent remedial action required.
- C3 – Improvement recommended.
The report will also include an overall rating, which is dependent on the number and category of any faults found. If C1 or C2 faults are found to be present at the property, an overall rating of ‘unsatisfactory’ will be given.
An ‘unsatisfactory’ rating means that immediate risks exist to both tenants and property, and the faults are clearly in need of rectification without undue delay. Failure to rectify the faults in a timely manner may result in injury, followed by potential legal repercussions.
What constitutes a Qualified Electrician?
A Qualified Electrician will hold the following qualifications:
- 2391 (Inspection & Testing) or equivalent qualification.
- 18th Edition Wiring Regulations.
- Part P (Competent Persons Scheme).
We are pleased to be able to say that all HouseCert electricians hold appropriate qualifications.
What preparation is required for the safety check?
The power will need to be turned off during the safety check. The Qualified Electrician will need to be able to physically access all sockets and switches across the property, plus the distribution board (‘fuse’ board).
What is the difference between EICR and PAT?
PAT is Portable Appliance Testing, and as the name implies, it is a test carried out on portable electrical appliances (toasters, kettles, lamps etc.). PAT does not cover property wiring. EICR is a report on the safety and condition of all the wiring within a property.
What do I need to do next to get an EICR?
Simply call us on 01244 422101 to arrange a visit or get in touch via our contact form