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Why has this come about?

One of the main causes of electrical fires in the home is faulty and / or old wiring. Landlords can directly reduce the risk of a fire damage or even destroying their property by regularly checking the condition of the wiring. This is where an electrical condition report (EICR) comes in.

EICRs are nothing new, however a recent change in legislation has now switched on the legal requirement for all landlords in England to carry these out. Prior to becoming EICR’s, they were known as a PIR (periodic inspection report) and ARK have been carrying these out since 1997.

So what are the key dates when the regulation will apply?

They apply to all new tenancies, including renewals in England from 1st July 2020 and to all existing tenancies in England from 1st April 2021.

To comply with the regulation, landlords of privately rented accommodation must ensure the following:

National standards for electrical safety are met. These are set out in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’, which are published as British Standard 7671.

Can all electricians carry out EICR’s?

No, electrical testing and inspection is a separate qualification. You can find suitably qualified electricians here and search for electricians who have been verified for testing in the private rental sector:


What does the electrical inspection (EICR) involve?

  • Checks if electrical installations are overloaded
  • Checks for any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards
  • Checks for defective electrical work
  • Checks for a lack of earthing or bonding – these are 2 ways of preventing electrical shocks that are built into electrical installations

The regulations do not currently require electrical appliances to be tested, only the ‘fixed’ electrical installations.

What if the electrical safety test fails?

If the report shows that remedial work or further investigation is required, landlords must complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary in the report. Landlords must then provide written confirmation that the work has been carried out to their tenant.

My property was built less than 5 year ago, will I still need an EICR?

No, as long as you are in possession of an Electrical Installation Certificate confirming it was a new installation.

But what if I already have already have an EICR?

If you already have an EICR which was conducted less than 5 years ago, it will be considered valid until the 5 years has expired.