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Do I Need an Electrical Safety Certificate?

Updated: Jun 7, 2020

Electrical safety certificate otherwise known as an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) or periodic electrical test, is a full-scale inspection of your electrical systems and installation.

The purpose is to provide an engineering view on whether or not the installation is in a satisfactory condition where it can continue to be used safely.

From 1 July 2020, the laws are changing. All new private tenancies in England will need to ensure that electrical installations are inspected and tested by a qualified person before the tenancy begins. For existing tenancies the EICR has to be done before the 1st April 2021. The landlord will then need to ensure that the installation is inspected and tested at least every five years.

We're registered with The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT). Please get in touch if your rental property urgently needs an Electrical Safety Inspection. We'd be happy to help.

Apart from in the private rental sector the frequency of EICR's are recommendations and not legal requirements, although it is a duty holders continuing on-going responsibility for the safety of an installation.

  1. Businesses – employers are recommended to have an EICR test undertaken once every five years.

  2. Buy-to-let or rented property – landlords must have an EICR test done every five years or when new tenants enter the property.

  3. Homeowners – an EICR is recommended every 10 years. If the property has a swimming pool, this should be tested once every year.

If you would like a EICR to be carried out, please don't hesitate to contact us on 07422966120 or send us an email

We're an electrical contractors based in Lancaster, we cover Lancashire and the North of England

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