An electrical certificate is issued by qualified electricians to landlords, home, and property owners to indicate that proper inspections have been carried out on a property’s electrical system. Appropriate actions must likewise be taken if potential risks is identified in the inspection. An EICR or electrical installation condition report is an official document that contains the review and assessment of all electrical installations within a property in question. These reports can only be prepared and issued by certified and qualified contractors or electricians who have the proper knowledge and skills to carry out such assessments.
Properties need an electrical certificate to ensure safety. In rented properties, EICRs serve as proof that electrical installations within the rental are safe and are periodically checked. Rental properties, especially multiple occupation homes need to be inspected once every five years for compliance with safety standards. Privately owned homes, on the other hand, must be checked every ten years to maintain electrical efficiency and safety. It is also good practice to carry out such an inspection when purchasing or moving into a new property.
A commonly requested electrical certificate, the EICR covers a comprehensive list of electrical components, according to BS 7671 or the British electrical safety standard. It addresses different electrical aspects of a property. A qualified electrician is tasked to inspect all electrical aspects of your property, including your consumer unit, electrical fittings, and other fixed electrical items that are hardwired into your electrical system. Details of the inspection should all be included in the report, which must also highlight any fire and shock hazard, defective electrical work, and/or overloaded system that need attention. The EICR should clearly identify aspects that may require urgent attention, need improvement, call for further investigation, as well as those that don’t comply with current standards. It should also recommend appropriate remedial actions to be taken to restore safety.