Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)


With the new regulations introduced in June 2020, an EICR is a recommendation for tenanted properties and properties about to be sold. It’s not a legal obligation in itself but it does have legal obligations towards staff, tenants and customers all of which are achieved through an EICR inspection.

So if you’ve never had an EICR before, and you are a landlord or a seller or you just want peace of mind regarding safety, then maybe it’s time to inspect the condition of the wiring in your property?

Greenserve Ltd. is a local multi-trade maintenance company (also working under the name of serviceteam Ltd.) we operate in Greater London and surrounding areas. Our team of qualified experienced electricians will inspect all aspects of your electrical installation to determine its safety.

After the inspection, a written report detailing the condition of the wiring will be provided.

Should any remedial work be required we will provide a quotation covering materials and labour.

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A few regulations to be mindful of:

    • Ensure that your electrical installations meet the safety standards as specified in the 18th edition of wiring regulations.
    • Ensure that the property is checked every 5 years and a record is kept of the inspection.
    • Provide a copy of the report to your tenant within 28 days of the inspection
    • Submit a copy of the report to the local authorities within 7 days of inspection.
    • Present the previous report to the examiner undertaking your next test.
    • Conduct any remedial works within 28 days (or sooner) of the report being issued.
    • Send the written confirmation of the remedial work or works to the tenant and local housing authority within 28 days.

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Yes, most certainly! A compulsory licence (HMO) will be needed for a property that’s occupied by 5 or more people living under the same roof as two or more separate households, meeting the standard of a self-contained flat or a building that’s been converted.  This is further explained in the HMO test, sec 254 of the 2004 housing act. Should a property be shared by more than three people (tenants), the property must be licenced. This requires the electrical installation, e.g wiring, sockets, fuse boxes to be in a safe condition. The recent amended 2004 Housing act states it’s compulsory to have a safe and functional electrical installations in a property that qualifies as HMO.
During the EICR testing, the examiner will check to identify if:
  • Any part of the electrical installation is outdated.
  • Any part of the electrical installation is overloaded.
  • There’s any defects in part or all of the electrical system.
  • There’s any issues with the earth bonding.
There are several aims and motives behind conducting an EICR test, the main ones being:
  • To keep traceable records of previous inspections and any remedial work undertaken to ensure every tenant’s safety.
  • To locate and report any defects in the wiring system that could pose a threat to the occupants safety. 
  • Finding any wiring installation that doesn’t meet with the 18th edition wiring regulations. 
  • To seek any suspect wiring or outlet that’s susceptible to overheating or likely to give an electrical shock
No, EICR does not cover any electrical appliances present in the property. A PAT (Portable Appliance Test) will cover the testing of electrical appliance i.e., TV’s, radios, cookers, fires, hair dryers, if they are provided under the tenancy agreement - so, in other words anything that’s portable and powered by electricity. The test ensures that each appliance present in the property is safe to use. This doesn’t include any electrical items tenant/s have brought with them. It’s their responsibility to ensure they are safe to use.


An EICR can take between 3-4 hours maximum. However, it also depends on the house size and the complexity of the electrical installations.
If a property doesn't have an EICR as it might be the first it’s been let out, we recommend (to be on the safe side) that you book an EICR in advance of the tenancy starting.
If you do not carry out an EICR before a tenancy commences, the local housing authority could (in the event of an accident and or personal injury) fine a landlord up to £30,000. Moreover, if you conduct the test but fail to carry out the remedial work within 28 days, they have full authority to do the remedial work upon the tenant’s request and receive the costs from you.
No, you don’t need an EICR to sell a property. However, if you have one, it will give the potential buyer peace of mind. Without one the potential buyer may want to negotiate the asking price to cover the cost of an EICR?

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