An EICR is important to ensure that your electrical installation is safe for continued use and compliant with current regulations
All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be inspected and tested at regular intervals to make sure they are in a satisfactory and safe condition for continued use.
As the alternative names suggest (Landlord Safety Check or Homebuyers Test), it is highly advisable to both homeowners and landlords to conduct an EICR. Particular areas that the test picks up on are:
- Identify any unsafe DIY work that has been completed by previous owners
- Search for any electrocution or fire risks within the property
It is important to recognise, as a Landlord, if a tenant gets electrocuted due to unsafe electrics, the Landlord can be prosecuted, regardless of whether or not they were aware of the laws.
Many faults can't be seen simply by looking and are only picked up during testing by a professional electical service.