EICR Certificate Electrician
SCV Electrical is a small professional company specializing in electrical installation and maintenance, especially EICR inspections.
SCV are professionally insured and registered with NICEIC. An EICR electrician is a certified and qualified professional who has the skills and knowledge to ensure electrical safety in buildings. They are experts in their field and can provide a report of any electrical safety issues that they find.
An EICR electrician will complete an inspection of the premises, identify any dangers or risks to the occupants, and make sure that all equipment is safe for use. They will also carry out tests on wiring and other electrical equipment, as well as provide reports on their findings.
What is an EICR Certificate?
An EICR Certificate is a certificate which is issued by an approved body to confirm that electrical installations and services comply with the requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. An EICR Certificate is essential if you are renting out your property and want to ensure that your tenant has a safe place to live in. It also helps tenants get their deposit back when they move out because it proves that their landlord was responsible for the safety of their home.
What does EICR test for?
An EICR test is a safety measure for landlords and property owners. It checks for any electrical safety risks that could be present in the property. During an EICR inspection, the consumer unit (or fuse board), wiring and electrical devices are thoroughly tested and inspected for faults or if they don't meet Wiring Standards. Electrical tests will be carried out on:
- Earthing and bonding standards.
- Safety of the residents due to damage or wear of electricals.
- Exposed live wires that could cause a fire or injury will be identified and reported.
- Fire and electric shock protective devices.
- Damaged electrical fittings and accessories will be identified and reported.
When are EICR tests required?
Electrical installations can be one of the most dangerous things in the building. If you have an electrical safety certificate, then you can be sure that your electrical installation is safe and all the wiring is done in accordance with the latest regulations. There are different types of certificates and reports that you need to have, depending on what type of work you are doing.
The Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a report that needs to be done for residential properties or commercial properties built before 31 March 1994, or industrial properties built before 31 March 1992. It's not necessary for new builds or if there are no changes made to any existing wiring since it was installed.
EICR Certificate Cost
The cost of an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is dependant on the size of the installation, and prices start at £150 plus VAT. This price includes the preparation of a certificate and the inspection and testing, which will be carried out by our competent Electrician who is qualified to carry out electrical installation tests in accordance with BS7671 18th edition amendment 2. If you require a fast turn around please let us know, we can often get reports sent out within 24 hours of the report taking place.
How long is an EICR Certificate valid for?
The EICR's validity depends on the installation itself. Typically it's valid for a maximum of 5 years from the date of issue and can be renewed at any point before expiry if required. If you are moving into a property, it is worth checking to see if an in date and satisfactory EICR is in place and can be obtained
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 place an obligation on private landlords to ensure that electrical installations in the private rented sector are safe for continued use by checking compliance with the relevant electrical safety standards, this will be ensured by carrying out an EICR.
To whom do these regulations apply?
The regulations apply to private landlords for all new specified tenancies from 1 July 2020 and all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. An ‘existing specified tenancy’ means a tenancy for a specified period of time that was granted before the regulations come into force, whereas a ‘new specified tenancy’ means a tenancy specified for a period of time granted on or after these regulations come into force.
In the UK, any property that is privately owned and being rented out as housing is classified as Private Rented Sector housing and the owner is considered to be the landlord. This includes houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), with the new regulations replacing the existing requirements for electrical testing of HMOs. A house is considered to be an HMO when it has at least three tenants forming more than one household, with the tenants sharing a toilet, bathroom or kitchen with the other tenants.
What is required under the new legislation?
Under the new regulations, private landlords are required to ensure that:
- The electrical safety standards are met during any period when the residential premises are occupied under a specified tenancy, and
- Every electrical installation is inspected and tested at regular intervals by means of an EICR by a suitably qualified person (regular intervals means at intervals of no more than five years).