It’s sometimes difficult to determine the frequency for an EICR. The best approach is to use the the correct wording of the report. It’s a REPORT on the CONDITION of the ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION at the time of inspection and testing. Many factors are to be considered. When it was last inspected? Is the property experiencing any existing electrical issues? Age of the installation and usage by the occupants to name but a few. Sadly, an EICR these days is quite a vague but also specific document which can draw confusion, panic and reassurance all at the same time. In the private rental sector the feeling of a somewhat mandatory EICR can feel a little forced and unnecessary. I know landlords who run their business at the minimum requirements of the law and frequently add to the race to the bottom. “The cheapest price will do as long as I get a signature”. I’ve had that said to me.
In this video I show an example of some sockets that are damaged and dangerous although not all of them are obvious. Only through inspection and testing can a hidden fault be found. Certainly a general look around by someone far removed from the electrical industry at every change of tenancy, is a waste of time and potentially dangerous?
Electrical saftey regulations to come into force-
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THIS VIDEO IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY AND NOT TO BE TAKEN AS ANY KIND OF TRAINING OR EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION. AT ALL TIMES I AM IN FULL CONTROL OF THE INSTALLATION AND THERE IS NEVER ANY RISK TO PERSONS OR EQUIPMENT. ELECTRICITY SHOULD BE GIVEN THE FULL RESPECT IT DESERVES.