Electrical Safety Certificate – Landlord, Domestic & Commercial

I am qualified to issue an Electrical Safety Certificate which can be used for a variety uses. I cover West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Some of the major towns I cover are listed on this page.

What Is An Electrical Safety Certificate?

An Electrical Safety Certificate or EICR involves a competent electrician undertaking tests and inspections to produce a report to establish the overall 'condition' of a property. The report is either satisfactory or unsatisfactory and defects and issues, if any, will be listed. This report was previously called a periodic inspection report.

Do You Need An Electrical Safety Certificate?

I am usually asked to carry out an Electrical Safety Certificate for the following reasons:

  • certifying a rental property
  • certifying a commercial property such as a shop or office
  • certifying a domestic property where the homeowner wants peace of mind that his/her electrical installation is safe

Please note, if your electrical installation is new then you require an electrical installation certificate. There are also special rules if you have a HMO (House of Multiple Occupation) which may mean you require an Emergency Lighting Certificate.

Every electrical installation deteriorates over time and continued use. It is important that the person who is responsible for the maintenance and safety of the electrical installation is sure that user is safe and not put at any risk. The installation should remain safe and in a serviceable condition.

What Does Electrical Safety Certificate Testing Involve?

Your competent electrician will check the installation against the requirements of BS7671 – The Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations) – this is the British Standard to which electrical safety is measured across the country and is updated when deemed necessary.

The electrician will take into account the age and circumstances of the installation and check the following:

  • whether the installation is adequately earthed
  • whether the installation is adequately bonded
  • whether switchgear and controls are suitable
  • whether serviceability of equipment is adequate
  • the type of wiring and it's condition
  • the provision of RCD's for socket outlets which can be used to plug in equipment for outdoor use
  • the presence of suitable notices and identification
  • wear and tear, damage, deterioration and signs of overheating

Who Can Produce An Electrical Safety Certificate Report?

Insurers always ask that you use a relevant, accredited and competent electrician. Any electrician you use should hold the City and Guilds 2391 in Inspection, Testing and Verification which enables them to register with NICEIC (the UK governing body for competent electricians).

What Does An Electrical Safety Certificate Look Like?

Please see here.

What Does An EICR Cost?

£120

Prices for the rest of my services are here.

How Long Does an Domestic Electrical Safety Certificate Last?

10 years

How Long Does a Commercial Electrical Safety Certificate Last?

5 years

Exceptions

All commercial premises should be tested every 5 years except for the following:

Industrial premises – 3 years

Cinemas – 1 year

Leisure complexes – 1 year

Theaters – 1 year

Agricultural or horticultural – 3 years

Caravan sites – 1 year


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