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NICEIC Condition Reports (Formerly Periodic Inspections)

NICEIC electrical installation condition reports are a detailed report of the existing electrical installation. It is recommended that a property that is rented should be periodically tested every 5 years.
It is not currently a legal responsibility to have an Electrical Safety Inspection and NICEIC Certificate as with gas. The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and the Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994, however, enforce the obligation of a landlord to ensure all electrical appliances and wiring in their rented property are safe.

Landlords are bound by legal responsibilities to ensure their tenants are kept safe. Failure to comply can lead to severe penalties or even a jail sentence. If there is a liability case, landlords need to be able to demonstrate 'due diligence', meaning they have taken all reasonable steps to ensure tenant safety.

To demonstrate due diligence, it's important for a landlord to:

  • Regularly check that appliances supplied are in good working order.
  • Ensure plug earth tags are in place and that plugs are of an approved type.
  • Ensure all fuses are of the correct type and rating.
  • Supply operating instructions and safety warning notices with appliances.
  • Make sure your tenants know the location of and have access to the main consumer unit, fuses and isolator switch.

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