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Electrical Installation Condition Reports - What are they?

An EICR (electrical installation condition report) is a formal document produced after an inspection, test and assessment of an electrical installation (house, flat, office, warehouse etc). It must be carried out by an experienced qualified electrician who is registered with a governing body like NAPIT and holds professional indemnity insurance for the work and assessments they undertake.


The electrician undertaking an EICR will open a sample of switches, lights, sockets and of course the consumer unit. Tests will be carried out on every circuit in the consumer unit to determine if they meet the guidelines set out in BS 7671 (the regulations). Following these inspections and tests the electrician will make a number of electrical observations and these will fall into certain categories as listed below:

PASS – Exactly what it says
C1 – Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.
C2 – Potentially dangerous – urgent remedial action required
C3 – Improvement Recommended
FI – Further investigation required without delay

Private Rented Sector - Landlords and Landladies

As most of you will already know it is now a legal requirement to keep a rented property’s electrical installation in an acceptable safe order for your tenants. There are hefty fines being issued by local authorities for breaching the legislation that came into force on 1st June 2020. Here is a direct copy of your obligations as a landlord from

Landlords of privately rented accommodation must:

  • Ensure national standards for electrical safety are met. These are set out in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’, which are published as British Standard 7671.
  • Ensure the electrical installations in their rented properties are inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at an interval of at least every 5 years.
  • Obtain a report from the person conducting the inspection and test which gives the results and sets a date for the next inspection and test.
  • Supply a copy of this report to the existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test.
  • Supply a copy of this report to a new tenant before they occupy the premises.
  • Supply a copy of this report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.
  • Supply the local authority with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving a request for a copy.
  • Retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test.
  • Where the report shows that remedial or further investigative work is necessary, complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary in the report.
  • Supply written confirmation of the completion of the remedial works from the electrician to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of completion of the works.



There is further information available for landlords and for other specific dwellings like HMO’s on the governments site by clicking here

Are you Buying a new Home?

Nearly all homebuyer reports now recommending an EICR is carried out by a qualified electrician prior to purchase. This is of course to ascertain the actual condition of the fixed wiring within the property. These tests offer peace of mind that you won’t have a surprise rewire needed when you start putting your stamp on your new house. We have over 100 five-star reviews and you can see them below, so you will be in good hands if we help you. 

Do Essex Electrician Services carry out EICR's?

We have undertaken hundreds of electrical installation condition reports in the last few years. Our systems are completely digital from booking to production of the report. All reports can be accompanied with a quote to carry out remedial work if required. If remedial work is required, we can carry the work out and issue certification to accompany your EICR to be produced to the local authority within the 28-day deadline. As our name says we are reliable, efficient electricians so look no further. 


Highly Qualified and Experienced EICR Colchester

Crucially, our electricians are highly skilled and professional.  With decades of experience and industry know-how under our belts, you can be confident of a job done properly.  We boast relevant qualifications, such as City & Guilds 2391 Inspection & Testing, City & Guilds 2330 Electrotechnical Technology, City & Guilds 2382 Wiring Regulations, City & Guilds 2919 Electric Vehicle Charger Installation. We are also registered with a governing body (NAPIT), who assess us yearly for competence, safety and compliance. This is to ensure all of our clients get nothing but the best. 

Contact our qualified electricians in Colchester and Essex to get an obligation free quote today.



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