Are Landlord Electrical Certificates and EICR's the same thing?
Essentially yes. You may see it referred to as a Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate, however it is actually an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) that is completed, which is the same report done for a commercial or industrial premises.
We understand as a landlord that you may own multiple properties or not be near them.
HT Compliance is available during evenings and weekends to carry out these checks, as well as dealing directly with the tenant or letting agent with your permission if it is appropriate to arrange a visit.
Is an EICR the same as a PAT testing certificate?
EICR and PAT testing are separate certifications. EICR checks the condition of the fixed wiring in a premises, whereas PAT testing checks individual appliances. You should note that if you supply appliances as part of a tenancy (i.e. white goods) then these should be PAT tested. You can read more about PAT testing on our PAT testing page
From April 1st 2020, EICR will become a requirement for all rented properties (excluding a property where the Landlord shares the property with the tenant).
Prior to this the documentation itself hadn’t been a legal requirement, though many Landlords as best practice had these checks carried out as part of their legal requirement to provide a safe environment for their tenants.
The changes making an EICR a legal requirement come into effect from the 1st April 2020. There is a transition period to give landlords time to make sure they are compliant. Key dates include:
- 1st July 2020 all new tenancies must have an EICR in place
- 1st April 2021 all existing tenancies must have an EICR in place
If your property is found not to be compliant within these timescales a local authority can issue a fine of up to £30,000.
This will vary dependent on the type, size, and usage of the property. Typically we recommend a rented property is checked every 5 years.
If you are unsure when your property was last checked, or what changes may have occurred in that time, contact us today and we can arrange for one of our qualified electricians to check the premises.