Next Inspection Date

Interesting one:

One of our clients has a large number of domestic rental properties that were tested previously by others. It doesn't sound like he knew what he was doing and there are various basic errors strewn throughout most of the reports. Crucially though, he's put a 3 year next inspection recommendation (instead of the obvious 5 year for a rental property) on all the reports.  

I appreciate that this is only a recommendation based on what the inspector feels is relevant, though I'd be interested to know any thoughts on where that would that leave the client from a legal perspective if something did occur on one of their sites? My first thought was that as he's clearly wrong (probably trying to generate work for himself) then the client could ignore the expiry date on the reports. But thinking about it a bit more, where does this put them if an incident did occur within the next 2 years? Would they still be classed as expired reports, even though the dates are all demonstrably incorrect? 

Surely they shouldn't have to foot the bill for having their sites tested earlier than required, just because the previous testers exclusively put the wrong dates down?

  • The EICR in 7671 2018 A2 now demands that a reason is given for the choice of interval to next inspection (see Section F p519).

  • The EICR in 7671 2018 A2 now demands that a reason is given for the choice of interval to next inspection (see Section F p519).

    Not criticising - just to clarify that this requirement is not new for 2022.

    Regulation 653.4 (which is unchanged from BS 7671:2018), is the Regulation that requires the explanation - Appendix 6 just being guidance (informative).

    So, it's been with us for the past 4 years now.

  • As GK has correctly pointed out the inspector needs to provide an explanation for her/his recommendation. 

    I also hear from time to time that an inspector has shortened the time to 3 or 6 months, or something similar, to make the client have any remedial work done. 

    Clearly the inspector has not read the declaration they have signed in respect of the part that says, "Subject to the necessary remedial action being taken".  If the client does not have the remedial work done they have no set period to the next inspection.

  • That's interesting.

    Some clients need more persuasion to get on with upgrades. Having a total disregard for their staff and visitors  makes inspectors perhaps a bit more proactive in encouraging the client to improve things.

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  • I cannot remember what it was for exactly, but one of my tutors advocated C2 for something, especially in commercial premises when a C3 had been ignored (for 5 years). I think that this is entirely the wrong approach. The inspector's duty is to inspect, test, and report. There it stops - others are responsible for enforcement.