How do you know your property is safe electrically?
Electrical installations deteriorate over time, like all things do, but what can be done to prevent this? An EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report), is an in depth look into the condition of your electrics. Electrical faults are a leading cause of house fires, however this can be averted by locating issues early. Resolving them through the means of re-termination or re-wiring. At Orton & Wenlock we pride ourselves on being very thorough when inspecting and testing. The IET Wiring regulations reads “As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent danger, so far as reasonably practicable such danger.”
When licensing or insuring property landlords would have been instructed to ensure their property is electrically safe. The best way to guarantee any property is electrically safe is to have a report completed by a qualified electrician. A Electrical Installation Condition Report completed by one of the electricians at Orton & Wenlock will protect yourself and any tenants from electrical harm. The Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 requires that the electrical equipment is safe at the start of every tenancy and maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy. If a tenant is injured when a property is found not to have the correct protection there is severe penalties. In 18 Months landlords will be required to have an up-to-date EICR when renting out property.
We complete all reports and certificates, since May 2017, electronically. This will make keeping of all records easier for tenants but letting agents also. The report is 8+ pages, it will include technical information regarding the installation, a visual inspection check list and test sheets. At Orton & Wenlock we stride to be as environmentally friendly as possible, meaning completing reports and certificates electronically is a step forward for us. Do you need a test? EICR’s are periodic, on the front of a fuse board it should read the date it was last tested and the date suggested of its next. A quick guide for whether or not your property is due a check is below, these are maximums suggested by The Institute of Electrical Engineers.
⦁ Domestic – 10 Years
⦁ Commercial – 5 Years
⦁ Industrial – 3 Years
⦁ Residential – 5 Years or change of tenant
⦁ Office/Shops/Laboratories – 5 Years