Landlord Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) – The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 come into force on the 1st June 2020.
Landlords will need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out by the following key dates:
All new tenancies in England from 1 July 2020
- Must have a satisfactory EICR certificate before occupation by new tenants
All existing tenancies from 1 April 2021
- Must have a Satisfactory EICR certificate in place to avoid enforcement action by local authority
How we can help
JDL would like to provide every landlord with the “Satisfactory” certificate their property requires when we carry out an EICR.
Unfortunately, this is not always possible as general wear and tear and changes in electrical standards mean that many properties will be classified as in an “Unsatisfactory” condition for continued use and therefore require repairs.
To prevent your property being classified as “Unsatisfactory” and to keep cost low, JDL will carry out any minor repairs possible during the 4 hour EICR visit some of which we even carry out free of charge.
Free of charge fixes (completed during EICR within time allowed, 4 hours max)
|Repair||Cost per item|
|Accessory cover screw missing (M3.5 screws only max 5)||Free|
|Next inspection labelling missing||Free|
|Two colour versions labelling||Free|
Chargeable fixes (completed during EICR within time allowed, 4 hours max)
|Repair||Cost per item|
|Install DB blanks||£1 + VAT|
|Silicone small holes||£2 + VAT|
|Replace damaged double socket or 1g switch with Hager white PVC accessories||£5 + VAT|
|Replace damaged light fitting with 150mm white PVC pendant and LED lamp||£10 + VAT|
If further minor repairs are required, we will advise you of the additional time and materials required and either complete the repairs during the visit (if the engineers diary allows for the additional time required on site) or rebook at the soonest available date. The additional works will be completed at our standard hourly rate.
If more significant repairs are required a written estimate will be provided for you acceptance before works are carried out.
How much does it cost?
Our fees are as follows; I have also provided our Homebuyer Reports fees which may also be of interest to you when looking to buy your next rental property.
(Required for compliance with, The
Electrical Safety Standards in the Private
|£150.00||£180.00||5 yearly inspection and test of up to 10 circuits, additional circuits
£19 + VAT each
|Landlord EICR – Change of tenant
|£70.00||£84.00||Visual check only, note concerns & areas of improvement, providing 5 year inspection still in date|
|Homebuyer EICR (1-4 bedroom)||£180.00||£216.00||Sample test of circuits, full visual inspection, note concerns & areas of improvement. Report and budget cost for any required repairs provided. Max 3 hours on site|
|Homebuyer Plumbing & Gas report||£180.00||£216.00||Check operation of valves, stats, taps, overview of condition of plumbing and heating system. Report and budget cost for any required repairs provided. Max 3 hours on site|
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, which can be viewed in full here, state that any required repairs are carried out within 28 days of the EICR. If you choose JDL to carry out your EICR we will ensure the repairs are completed within this period to ensure your continued compliance with this standard, removing the risk of enforcement action being taken by the local authority.
To download a copy of The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, please click the button below.
Frequently asked questions
- There has always been a requirement for landlords to provide their tenants with a safe electrical installation within their property. But no statutory regulation, setting out exactly how they can ensure that they comply with this.
- The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 now provides clear guidance and makes this testing and inspection mandatory.
- All new tenancies from 1st July 2020 must have a satisfactory certification before being let.
- All existing tenancies must be tested by 1st April 2021.
- Yes, repairs must be carried out within 28 days of the EICR.
- If repairs are not carried out enforcement action can be taken by the local authority. This can include;
- Issuing of an Improvement notice.
- Gaining access to the property with the tenant’s permission to carry out the works and a charge to the landlord for the works carried out.
- A fine of up to £30,000.
- The maximum test interval is 5 years.
This will usually be the time set by the electrician unless there are signs that some part of the installation is deteriorating more rapidly.
- No, if your current certificate is no more than 5 years old there is no need to retest.
- BS7671 Electrical wiring regulations, guidance note 3 states that residential electrical installations should be inspected and tested at a maximum period of 5 years or on change of occupancy.
- This is also our recommendation as we find it common place that tenants may remove lamp shades etc, leaving fittings without the covers in place or there may be damaged sockets which had been behind furniture and never picked up on check out, which leave the electrical installation in an unsafe state.
- The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, however have not made this a mandatory requirement.
- BS7671 Electrical wiring regulations define a competent person as; A person who possesses sufficient technical knowledge, relevant practical skills and experience for the nature of the electrical work undertaken and is at all times able to prevent danger and, where appropriate, injury to him/herself and others.
- Electricians must obtain the City & Guilds 2391-52 or equivalent, to prove their competence in testing and inspection.
- It actually works out much cheaper, the upfront costs may be more but the test lasts for 5 years.
- A much greater amount of work is involved, up to 4 hours on site and a 7-page certificate to complete.
This depends on two main points;
- How old is the electrical installation?
- How well it has been maintained and upgraded over the years?
Assuming the electrical installation within your property has been carried out by a competent electrician to a good standard, a rough guide to potential upgrades/repairs required can be found below. These are listed in relation to the year the electrical installation was first carried out or when major upgrades (eg. Distribution board replacement) have taken place:
2018 – Present 18th Edition wiring regulations
- Up to current standards
- Repairs only required due to wear and tear
- Likely additional cost following test £0
2008 – 2018 17th Edition wiring regulations
- Repairs only required due to wear and tear
- Likely additional cost following test £0 – £50
2001 – 2008 16th Edition wiring regulations
- Changes in regulations means multiple C3 improvement recommend faults will be located
- Some C2 faults are possible witch will require urgent repair, such as the installation of RCD protection on circuits which were not required by the 16th Edition Regulations
- Likely additional cost following test £50 – £400
- Before this point RCD protection was uncommon so this will result in some C2 faults. In many cases an upgrade to the fuse board is the best/cheapest option to take
- Likely additional cost following test £100 – £600
- Cabling will now be over 35 years old. Although in some cases it may still be in good condition, however there will be a minimal number of socket outlets and therefore the electrical installation will be unsuited to current lifestyles
- A replacement distribution board and some repairs will be required
- If this is a new investment property consider rewiring before decoration and whilst the property is vacant
- Likely additional cost following test £600 – £6000