As of the 1st July this year, new tenancies (including contract re-signs) MUST have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) before the tenancy can commence (or continue in the case of a contract re-sign). By the 1st April 2021 ALL tenanted properties must have a valid EICR. EICR's must be completed every 5 years (less if there is a recommendation for an earlier re-test stated on the certificate from the electrical engineer).
It is important to understand the exact requirements for the legislation and the difference between an EIC (electrical installation certificate) and an EICR (electrical installation condition report).
new build properties
A brand new property will be issued with an Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC). This satisfies the requirement of the legislation for 5 years. After 5 years, the property will require an EICR.
A property that has had a complete re-wire will be issued with an Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC). This satisfies the requirement of the legislation for 5 years. After 5 years, the property will require an EICR.
other electrical installations
If an Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC) is issued for any other electrical installation (such as a new consumer unit), it must be accompanied by an EICR for the entirety of the existing installation. The EICR can state that the installation was unsatisfactory providing that the EIC clearly demonstrates that all unsatisfactory areas have now been addressed. The two documents would then be used together to demonstrate compliance.
An Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC) may be supplied for remedial works carried out as a result of an unsatisfactory EICR. The details of the work completed on the EIC must relate to the remedial works required on, and ideally detail the document reference number of, the unsatisfactory EICR. The two documents together satisfy the requirements of the legislation for a maximum of 5 years.