Clarification on EICRs

So a lot of hype in media at the moment and not a lot of clarity. Can someone please shed some light. I am currently advertising a one bed flat that is a new build purpose built flat with a 10year NHBC warranty and a full (and I mean full) electrical installation cert. If I did no work to the circuits, this would be valid for ten years under any normal circumstance. This is not a visual condition report (EICR)- they have physically tested every wire etc and has been signed off by building control at the local council.
Do I need an EICR?
Cannot get clarity out of electricians as they are trying to sell you an ECIR, as are most agents!! Being very cynical, it’s a bit like asking a plumber to comment on another plumbers choice of lead solder or type of fittings used, and some of the recommendations I’m seeing on prototype reports are trying to get you to upgrade your distribution board even though the electrical regs dont require it. Could be scary stuff?

Hi Jp1, From everything I’ve read, I think you will still need an EICR for your property if you are going to let the property with a tenancy beginning on 1st July or later.

In your case of a new and thoroughly tested building, that seems like overkill, I agree. But new. legislation always misses ‘edge cases’ and rented sector legislation especially so!


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What about new build properties or new electrical installations?

If a property is newly built or has been completely rewired, it should have an Electrical Installation Certificate known as an EIC.

Landlords can provide a copy of the EIC to tenants and, if requested, the local authority. The landlord will then not be required to carry out further checks or provide a report for 5 years after the EIC has been issued, as long as they have complied with their duty or duties under the Regulations.