EICR Report

What is an EICR report?

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an official document issued following an assessment by a qualified engineer or electrician. The assessment is based on the quality of your wiring, as the quality of wiring and cabling deteriorates over time. In accordance with the electrical safety standard BS7671, is highly recommended to carry out RICR regularly. The average time specified by BS7671 is 5 years, although this is recommended and is usually only specified if the installation is in good condition and if it is tenanted.

The Periodic Inspection Report (the old version of the EICR) will inform you of the status of the EICR. This will be either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. This will depend on the condition of the installation. Any deficiencies are usually noted on page 2 of the wiring condition report; our qualified engineers (electricians) can explain any deficiencies in the wiring report in much more detail if required.

The Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) provides the following information:

  • whether the electrical circuits are in good condition and safe to use
  • Unsure about the risk of electric shock whether it exists or not
  • whether defective wiring has been installed
  • recommendations on earthing in the building
  • checking the condition of the consumer unit

London property Inspections provide electrical installation condition report including but not limited to wiring condition reports, fire alarm reports, emergency lighting reports and PAT testing. Our mission is to provide a quality service whilst ensuring a competitive price.

The primary aim of an electrical installation condition report

The main purpose of the report is to ensure the safety of people, property, and livestock within the electrical installation. It is recommended that the EICR report is carried out on a regular basis, the intervals depending on the type of installation.

Type of property – different properties have different periods for the Electrical Installation Condition Report, e.g. 5 years for households and once a year for swimming pools.

Environmental conditions, e.g. areas where there is water are likely to be more regular, such as a swimming pool.

If the wiring is being abused, it is recommended that EICRs are carried out more frequently.

Change of use of the home premises. This could be a change of use of a rental property, or property being prepared for sale, or a property being purchased. It is highly recommended that an EICR is carried out after every change of use in rental properties to ensure that the property is still electrically safe. Similarly, requesting an EICR for a property that is being purchased is the best way to find out if any work needs to be done to the electrical system.

How often should an EICR be carried out?

  • The following maximum period between inspections and testing must be followed as recommended by IEE.:
  • For private households, electrical installations should be tested every 10 years or when there is a change of occupants.
  • For rented households, electrical installations should be tested every 5 years or when there is a change of occupants.
  • In commercial electrical installations, electrical installations should be tested every 5 years or when the occupancy changes.
  • Industrial electrical installations should be inspected every 3 years or after a change of use.