If you are a landlord or are buying a home in the area then chances are you are going to need an electrical safety report. Often called Landlord Reports or Homebuyer Reports, the correct name is actually EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report).
The Landlord Electrical Report is considered to be an important piece of paperwork to cover the electrical installation of a tenanted property. Changes are being brought in this year to make the EICR mandatory for landlords in the same way that gas safety certificates are. Currently the law just requires that Landlords keep the electrical installation in their rental properties in a 'safe/good order'. Responsible landlords have long realised that the only way to possibly prove this is by having a landlord electrical report completed by a registered electrician.
A Homebuyer Electrical Report is to give a prospective buyer an indication of the state of the electrics in a property. Much in the same way that a building survey gives an indication of the structural aspects, a homebuyer electrical report gives a detailed look into the electrics. Quite honestly, this is an absolute must when purchasing a house (unless it has an electrical certificate or Electrical Installation Condition Report already).
All too often we have had customers who have bought a house without having an electrical safety report completed, only to find after they have moved in that the property has serious issues or needs a rewire! A building survey will never give a true indication of the electrics and the surveyors report always recommends that an electrician tests the installation. This is because they are not qualified, nor do they have the equipment to go testing the electrics.
Bear in mind that if the homebuyer electrical report is completed first, this gives you up front knowledge of any potential repair works required, and thus a better bargaining position when purchasing.
Although Landlords & Homebuyers are often having the electrical safety report completed for different reasons, the inspection, testing and paperwork is the same regardless.