Landlord electrical installation condition reports (EICR) are legal obligations that must be taken seriously to ensure the safety of tenants within a tenancy property. An EICR is recommended on rental properties at least every 5 years or whenever there’s a change of tenancy. It is a legal obligation of landlords to ensure that the property they are letting is safe to occupy. One of the main ways to ensure that a property poses no safety hazards is to ensure that its electrics are well kept and regularly maintained, so as to avoid damage and wearing out. Seeking the aid of professional assessors who can provide you with an electrical installation condition report for your rental property is a good first step to ensuring due diligence when it comes to the electrical safety of your establishment.
All electrical installations are prone to damage and deterioration over time. This can be caused by a number of different factors, ranging from regular wear and tear, excessive electrical loading, corrosion, aging, and natural or environmental influences. This is exactly why periodic testing and inspection is highly recommended (and necessary) to ensure the quality and safety of electrical installations and wiring systems. Electricity can be considered an invisible danger to people, which can lead to shocks, burns, and sometimes, even fatal injuries and severe damage to properties. Having professionals carry out thorough and proper electrical inspections can very well prevent these dangers and ensure compliance with building standards.
Landlords are legally required to have electrical testing performed and acquire an electrical installation condition report to ensure that electrical installations and all electrical equipment supplied within their property’s premises are safe. Failure to acquire or present an updated electrical installation condition report may result in expensive penalties and sometimes, even jail time. The recommended frequency of testing for property electrical installations is 5 years for commercial properties and 10 years for domestic properties.