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Everything You Need to Know about EICR – Report, Certificate & Costs

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Everything You Need To Know About Eicr – Report, Certificate & Costs

An electric installation condition report (EICR) is an important consideration for both domestic and commercial properties. Broadly speaking, it’s an inspection of your entire electrical system, its installation and its condition.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at EICR testing, including what it involves, when it’s required and how much it costs.

What’s the point of an electric installation condition report?

EICR testing checks the condition of a building’s electrics in line with the BS 7671 standard, in order to highlight:

  • Defective work
  • Overloaded circuits or equipment
  • Shock risks
  • Fire hazards
  • Lack of bonding or earthing
  • Unsafe wiring

Once complete, you’ll get an EICR certificate outlining any issues with four possible categories:

  • C1 – Danger present, risk of injury, immediate action required
  • C2 – Potential danger - with urgent remedial action required
  • C3 – No danger but improvements recommended
  • FI - Further investigation required without delay

Everything You Need To Know About Eicr – Report, Certificate & Costs

Who needs an EICR and certificate?

All electrical installations are subject to wear and tear over time. That’s why it’s important for everyone to have their building’s electrics checked on a regular basis. The British Standards Institute, which sets the BS 7671 standard, recommends that business owners should have an EICR every five years. The same frequency is recommended for landlords, or every time there is a change of tenancy. Finally, homeowners should book in EICR testing at least every ten years.

This is particularly important for landlords, who are now legally required to have an electric installation condition report every 5 years. This is a requirement for any new tenancies as of July 2020, and will be required for existing tenancies by April 2021. As well as obtaining the report, landlords must supply a copy to:

  • Existing tenants within 28 days of the test
  • New tenants before they occupy the premises
  • Prospective tenants upon request, within 28 days
  • Local authorities upon request, within 7 days

You’ll also need to keep a copy for future inspections and complete any work required on the report within 28 days.

How much does EICR testing cost?

EICR testing must be carried out by someone who is qualified and competent. The cost of your electric installation condition report depends on the rates of your chosen company, as well as the size and nature of the job at hand.

Needless to say, the cost of commercial EICR testing can vary the most because of how much the sites vary themselves in size. For an accurate price please get in touch to arrange a site inspection.

Why should I get an EICR?

There are three main benefits of EICR testing for businesses, landlords and homeowners:

Safety – Above all else, you want your building to be safe for those who use it, whether its your staff, your tenants or you and your family.

Cost – Prevention is always better than the cure. A comprehensive electric installation condition report will uncover any potential problems before they develop into major issues. This could save you money over time by reducing the number of callouts for reactive repairs.

Peace of mind – It’s hard to put a price on peace of mind. With an EICR, you can rest assured your building is compliant with the relevant electrical standards and focus on what you do best.

Book your electrical installation condition report

At Volta Compliance, we specialise in electrical compliance for businesses across West Yorkshire. With comprehensive EICR testing and reports, our experienced team can make sure your business is compliant and keep all staff and visitors safe.

To book an EICR today, simply give us a call on 0113 397 1361 or email [email protected].

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Richard Carr Volta Compliance
Richard Carr
Managing Director
Richard is the Director of Volta Compliance. He is a fully qualified approved electrician graded with the JIB. Richard has over 20 years electrical experience working on commercial and industrial installations.