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How Long Does An EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) Last?

How Long Does An EICR Last

Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) play a crucial role in visually examining a property’s wiring to detect possible electrical faults and ensure safety.

In terms of why they are crucial, in a nutshell, during an inspection, all the wiring and components of the property are inspected for any potential hazards, faults or damage. The installation is also checked to ensure it complies with the current regulations. This process can take our skilled electricians anywhere from 1 to 4 hours (depending on the property size).

Our team of electricians carry out EICRs for landlords in Cardiff on a daily basis, and we’ve certainly seen it all with regard to the good and bad.

However, a common question we get asked by landlords after carrying out the inspection is how long an EICR lasts after we issue a certificate. Therefore, to help answer that question, below we’ve written an article with a detailed explanation.

How Long Is An EICR Valid For?

The duration of validity for an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is technically variable because different installations (i.e. type and condition) have different regulations.

However, typically, an EICR is valid for 5 years, but the validity of an EICR can be shorter than 5 years if a previous EICR has stated that another inspection is required.

It’s important to note that failure to comply will result in the property being considered unfit for human habitation, and the landlord could face prosecution.

What Happens If An Issue Is Flagged During An EICR?

If the EICR reveals an issue, you must address it promptly as the landlord. Failing to address the faults can escalate the potential danger for tenants, making it unsafe. You will also not be issued with a valid EICR, meaning you could be faced with a sizeable fine.

As all of our Cardiff electricians come fully equipped with tools and materials in their vans, we can often rectify the issue quickly. However, if an issue is more complex (i.e. a fuse board that needs to be replaced), we will book you in as soon as possible.

Why Regular Testing Is Advised

Although having your electrics inspected to extend your EICR validity comes at an expense, it’s always worthwhile doing. After 5 years, faulty wiring or other components can become apparent and carrying out an EICR before the 5 years is up ensures the property is safe for your tenants.

To all of our regular landlord clients, we always recommend getting an EICR well in advance before the 5 year deadline is up. As mentioned above, if a complex fault is found that may require extensive work to fix on your deadline date, you wouldn’t want to be left without a valid EICR.

To Conclude

Conducting an EICR (Electrical Installation Report) every 5 years is not just recommended but it’s also required by law. This has been the case since 2020 and it has certainly improved the electrical safety standards amongst properties owned by private landlords.

If you have any questions regarding how long an EICR last, our process or anything else related to the topic, feel free to get in touch.

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