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Posted On: November 30, 2020

Electrical Installation Condition Reports

New regulations require landlords to have their properties checked for electrical safety every 5 years. An electrical installation is tested and certified under the form of an Electrical Installation Condition Report.

From June 2020, a new tenancy will have to have a satisfactory EICR, stating the electrical installation as ‘satisfactory’ and safe to use.

It will then be mandatory for an existing tenancy to be issued with a satisfactory EICR from April 2021

If the EICR requires any remedial work or further investigation the landlord is given 28 days to rectify any non-compliances and issue a satisfactory report.

EICR inspection on lead sheathed cabling and Indianised rubber cabling

2020 has been a busy year for EICRs, being the mainstay of TW Electricals contracts in 2020.

Photographs from a recent EICR carried out on a property in SW London show lead sheathed cabling and vulcanised Indian rubber cabling, estimated at over 60-70 years old! The pictures also show old style re-wireable fuse carriers which are way beyond their years, offering minimal protection towards electrical safety. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the fuses have been dangerously wired with copper wire instead of the correct tin/lead alloy fuse wire! In this instance the fuse would not be able to operate correctly under fault conditions and no disconnection of supply would occur!

Old fusebox

The tester has advised the property be fully re-wired.

New regulations require landlords to have their properties checked for electrical safety every 5 years. An electrical installation is tested and certified under the form of an Electrical Installation Condition Report.

From June 2020, a new tenancy will have to have a satisfactory EICR, stating the electrical installation as ‘satisfactory’ and safe to use.

It will then be mandatory for an existing tenancy to be issued with a satisfactory EICR from April 2021

If the EICR requires any remedial work or further investigation the landlord is given 28 days to rectify any non-compliances and issue a satisfactory report.

2020 has been a busy year for EICRs, being the mainstay of TW Electricals contracts in 2020.

Photographs from a recent EICR carried out on a property in SW London show lead sheathed cabling and vulcanised Indian rubber cabling, estimated at over 60-70 years old! The pictures also show old style re-wireable fuse carriers which are way beyond their years, offering minimal protection towards electrical safety. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the fuses have been dangerously wired with copper wire instead of the correct tin/lead alloy fuse wire! In this instance the fuse would not be able to operate correctly under fault conditions and no disconnection of supply would occur!

The tester has advised the property be fully re-wired.

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