22 Apr 2021

Are you a Landlord? If so are you aware of the new Regulations that came into place on the 1st of April 2021?

The new Regulations “The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020”, make it a legal requirement for landlords to have an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) carried out every 5 years.

What is an EICR?

An Electrical Inspection Condition Report has to be carried out by a qualified and competent person; The report will provide a summary of the condition of the electrical wiring within the property, it will also determine whether the electrical installations within the property meet the current British Standard for electrical safety (BS 7671).

The report will contain a breakdown of any issues, faults or where the installation doesn’t comply with BS 7671, an overall summary of the current installation and any recommendations of work to be carried out in order to get the electrical installation to a satisfactory standard. This report will then be provided to yourself.

In the report observations and coding’s will be giving against the condition of the current electrical install.

The observations and codes are as follows:

C1 – this code is given to anything that requires immediate remedial action due to there being a danger present and a risk of injury

C2 – this code is given to anything that requires urgent remedial action due to there being a potential danger present

C3 – this code is given whereby it is recommended that improvement is needed

If the report has any C1 or C2 codes identified then it will state that the current install is unsatisfactory and the remedial work must be undertaken in order to achieve a satisfactory outcome.

If further investigation (FI) works are identified in the report then these works must also be carried out.

For any C3 codes you do not have to have these works carried out, these are just recommendations for improvements on the current install.

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