Does anyone carry out a Visual Inspection Report on a property if an EICR has been carried out recently or would you carry out another EICR even if there was a change of Tenant within a Week or so?
Please let me know what your Policy is?
Paradigm Housing Group
Communal areas – for the four years between EICRs we visit all out communal areas and carry out a visual check including EM light check and smoke checks.
For quick turnaround voids like interim accommodation then we always do an EICR due to the tenants. Sometimes drugs are hidden in sockets etc.
The other area is HMOs where bedrooms are let in a building. We do not carry out a full EICRs just visual checks of the installation in that room. Usually carried out by the building manager not an electrician.
Muir carry out a full EICR on all turn around of tenancy’s including mutual exchanges.
We carry out a visual check by the scheme manager when we re allocate a bedspace in our ‘homeless’ ‘move on’ schemes (which could have a daily/weekly turn around).
We recommend Visual Inspection Reports VIR’s for the scenario you have highlighted, as never sure if during the short time the property was let / rented out that the electrical installation had not been tampered with following a Satisfactory EICR or EIC. There are bespoke NICEIC VIR’s, we have also created a version of that for our use for our clients. Also recommend VIR’s for HMO’s and other such as refuge / short term lets, but there must be a full EIC or EICR in place prior. VIR’s are to be conducted by a competent electrician using an appropriate form. although not a requirement we do where practical request Zs results and inspection of any installed Smoke Detectors to BS5839-6.
Regards Vic Oddy
Electrical Compliance Manager
We would always carry out a DEICR unless a previous test was completed within the last 12 months and the certification was available to cross check at the property. In these instances a visual conditioning report will suffice. However, if during the course of the visual inspection there is doubt as to the integrity of the electrical installation then a full inspection and test must be carried out and a DEICR completed.