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Eicr electrical installation condition report explained

Published: 18/09/2020

An Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) is a mandatory certificate that details all electrical installations in a rental property.

It is now a legal requirement to provide a copy of the EICR to each tenant before their tenancy starts, and a tenancy cannot commence without providing this before they move in. It came into force on 1 June 2020 for all new tenancies signed on or after 1 June 2020, starting from 1 July 2020, and you must have one in place by April 2021.

Faulty wiring is one of the leading causes of fires around the home, and an EICR checks that everything is in good working order. The report records the inspection results, finds damage if there is any, discovers parts of wiring that might not meet regulations, and can cause an electric shock.

All fixed electrical installations, including fuse boards, circuits, sockets, and switches, must be inspected and tested every five years. It must be carried out by an electrician who has recognised apprenticeships or Level 3 Certificates in Level 3 Certificate Installing and Testing and Ensuring Compliance of Electrical Installations in Dwellings.

The electrician grades all circuits according to the following criteria:

C1 - Danger present
The tenants can not move in until all the faults have been rectified.

C2 - Potentially dangerous
The landlord needs to have agreed to rectify the fault as soon as possible and the tenants need to move in knowing that there is a fault.

C3 - Improvement recommended
The tenants can move in but the landlord needs to be made aware of the faults as they can be held liable if anything goes wrong.

Code FI - Further investigation required without delay

The electrical installation must be rated satisfactory, and this is only achieved by the electrical circuits not being graded C1, C2, or FI. If the report states it's unsatisfactory, the landlord is legally obligated to carry out the remedial works within 28 days of the originally received report. The penalty for failing to comply is a fine up to a maximum of £30,000.

When letting your property with Circa London, you can rest assured that your property meets all the necessary legal requirements. We are here to remove the stress of being a landlord, maximise your returns, and minimise void periods.  

If you would like to find out more about this service, please call one of our experienced Property Managers on

020 3137 7877


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