Electrical Installation Certificates (EICs) and Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificates (MEIWCs) provide you, as the person responsible for the safety of an electrical installation, with a declaration that the new installation, or alteration or addition, is safe to use at the time it was put into service. As a homeowner you are not required by law to conduct a periodic electrical test, although it is often required as part of the buying or selling process. It is advised that homeowners should carry out an electrical safety test every 10 years and business premises every 5 years as electrical installations are subject to deterioration and general wear and tear over time.
If you are a landlord the latest legislation known as the Landlord Safety Test will require an EICR certificate every 5 years. As a landlord you are responsible for the safety of all electrics throughout the property including all installations and electrical appliances that you have provided.
Keeping hold of these certificates also provides a basis for any further inspection and testing, as they can help save on costly exploratory work which might otherwise be needed in future. Additionally, in the event of a claim that injury or fire was caused by an electrical installation, certificates are documentary evidence which help show that the installation had been installed to a satisfactory standard of safety.
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