Mandatory Electrical Safety Inspections

Any tenancies starting after 1st July 2020 will be required to have a satisfactory Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) before the tenancy starts. Existing tenanted properties must have a valid satisfactory EICR in place before 1st April 2021. Landlords are not only responsible for having an EICR, but also for carrying out any remedial works to ensure electrical safety.

Who can carry out your inspection?

Registered businesses are listed on the Registered Competent Person Electrical website for landlords or their agents to search for electrical contractors registered to undertake Electrical Installation Condition Reporting in the Private Rented Sector in England.   

As a landlord or agent are you meeting the new requirements for electrical testing in the private rented sector? It is your responsibility to ensure that the electrical company you employ is certified to carry out such work, the new government scheme has new industry specific rules. 

Not all electrical contractors are certified to carry out Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) in domestic properties. 

· Your electrician must be an Approved Contractor (not all approved contractors qualify). 

· The company must hold professional indemnity insurance with a minimum cover of £250,000 (industry standard is £100,000). 

· Companies only holding NICEIC Domestic Installer or Elecsa accreditation are NOT able to carry out EICR’s in the private rented sector without additional assessment and certification. 

ES Electrical are NICEIC Approved contractors, we hold the increased level insurance to meet the new requirements and hold NICEIC accreditation specifically related to the electrical inspection and testing of domestic properties in the private rented sector. 

As NICEIC APPROVED CONTRACTORS we can legally carry out EICR's in the private rented sector and are accessed annually for our competence in doing so. 

Our new NICEIC accreditation can be downloaded below. 

The truth about your inspection

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) on an average two or three bedroom property will take three to four "man hours" to complete (a combination of on-site and office work to compile the report). Carrying out an inspection of electrical installations is a complex task that requires an extra level of qualification and competency, beyond the standard four-year vocational route commonly followed by qualified inspectors and testers. 

We price our reports based on the size and complexity of the property, making allowances for electrics in detached building with electrical circuits for example garages, sheds or summer houses and circuit alterations for example as a result of an extension or new kitchen design. Our aim is for your property to gain a satisfactory outcome to the report where possible and to build a good business relationship going forward, unlike some companies that carry out EICR's at a loss with the intention to generate sometimes thousands of pounds worth of unnecessary remedial work. 

For a free quotation please fill out the EICR enquiry form below or give us a call.