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VIR (Visual Inspection Report) – Can anyone do them?

A VIR (Visual Inspection Report) is an in-depth inspection to detect any visible indications of defects, damage or deterioration. To conduct a VIR, you should have relevant knowledge of all aspects of a VIR including minor signs of burning, what size cables should be in fuses and anything else that could pose as a safety hazard. 

The Top 5 EICR Questions: Answered!

An EICR is an Electrical Installation Condition Report, or more commonly known as an electrical report. The EICR exists to ensure that all electrical installations are safe, reliable and operate as efficiently as possible. Here are some commonly asked questions regarding EICR’s, answered by the team at NSI.

NSI have received over 800+ 5-star reviews on Google!

NSI are beyond proud to have received over 800+ 5-star reviews on Google! We pride ourselves on delivering a high-quality and professional service and we’re so delighted to hear that our customers are having an outstanding experience. We appreciate every single review; it is heart-warming to know how many people we help! 

Smoke Alarms: Changes to the Legislation in Scotland

Did you know that in six months’ time, Scotland will become the first UK nation to legally require every home to have interlinked smoke alarms? Scotland is so far the only UK nation to require every home to have interlinked alarms. Want to find out more about the regulation changes coming into force and the current legislation for landlords? Take a read now.

Airbnb Hosting Checklist: Keeping Your Properties Safe

Whether you are a seasoned host or just starting out, it is vital that you know the laws and requirements surrounding your holiday let. If you’re an Airbnb host that wants to ensure their guests safety, and that you won’t be held liable for any faults, we have collated a list of our top recommended electrical safety checks.

Looking for PAT Testing near me? Look no further!

Here at NSI, we are an award-winning nationwide company that offers national coverage over an extensive number of locations working alongside a vast array of letting and estate agents. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the examination of electrical equipment and appliances to ensure that they are safe to be used.

Top Ten Landlord Requirements When Letting Out Your Property in 2021

When letting out your property, as a landlord there are many requirements that you must fulfil. It is a legal requirement to ensure that all electrical equipment you provide in your rental accommodation is safe and properly maintained. Check out our handy top 10 landlord requirements for 2021 here.

National Safety Inspections have been Shortlisted for the Brand Yorkshire Awards!

NSI has been recognised for its success and excellence by being shortlisted as one of the Best Businesses in Yorkshire! NSI are delighted to be acknowledged again not only for their success in Electrical Testing and Installation across the country but also for their outstanding customer feedback…

Are my Smoke Detectors Interconnected?

All rental properties in England now come under a higher detection level requirement than ever before and Landlords must follow Domestic Fire Alarm Regulations (BS 5839-6: 2019). This recommends installing interlinking smoke alarms. It is recommended that landlords follow the smoke alarm regulations in order to best safeguard their tenants.

Andy Stoner named as one of Yorkshire’s 42 under 42

Insider Media have produced their annual list of Yorkshire’s most promising business leaders “the 42 under 42” and it features our Co-Founder and Managing Director, Andy Stoner. The programme recognises some of Yorkshire’s most dynamic and inspirational entrepreneurs and celebrates their success in helping to grow the regional economy.

Is PAT Testing Law?

As a landlord, you have a duty to ensure all electrical appliances provided to your tenants are in a safe condition. Although PAT testing itself is not a legal requirement, it is the best and easiest way to ensure your appliances are safe. As a landlord or estate agent, it is also essential that you instruct someone competent to carry out the test.

NSI Meets Leeds Live!

National Safety Inspections were delighted to be featured in ‘Leeds Live’ recently. A new voice in a growing and modern city. In the article, Directors Dan Combe and Andy Stoner, talk all things NSI. From creation to growth and evolution, with challenging times through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Directors take us on their journey.

Digital Enterprise Top 100 Business – We’re on the list!  

The Digital Enterprise TOP 100 is an initiative that aims to identify businesses in the Leeds City Region who are setting a strong example for others to follow. National Safety Inspections has been recognised as one of the Top 100 most innovative, resilient, and digitally transformational businesses in the Leeds City Region!

Smoke alarms – Are they Installed in the Correct Locations?

Did you know that it is a legal requirement to have a fully operational fire detection system installed in your property? As a landlord or estate agent, the smoke alarms in your rental accommodation must be correctly installed by someone electrically trained and fitted in all the correct locations.


An EIC is an Electrical Installation Certificate. EIC’s must be issued for all new electrical installations. ERIC and ECIR are simply incorrect spellings! Did you know that EICR’s are required by law on all domestic rental properties as of 1st April 2021? Do you know how long they last? If you didn’t know this, you need to read this blog.

Smoke Detectors – Alkaline Batteries vs Lithium 

Smoke detectors with alkaline batteries are becoming a thing of the past, and reputable companies should only install detectors with in-built lithium batteries. Essentially, lithium and alkaline batteries are made of different materials and have different construction, which affects their performance in various uses.

NSI are SafeContractor Accredited (again!)

We are thrilled to have successfully re-gained our accreditation for SafeContractor for the fourth year in a row, we are really proud to demonstrate we have achieved excellence in health and safety in the workplace and are a business with a culture of taking health and safety as a priority.

Are your properties SAFE Certified?

SAFE is an annual Safety Assessment of Fire & Electrics for residential properties. This comprises a VIR (Visual Inspection Report), PAT, and a Smoke Detector test. SAFE is a combined package where NSI carry out all three electrical inspections and tests in just one appointment, saving you time and money.

What is a Visual Electrical Inspection?

A VIR is supplementary to the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), which is required for pre-existing tenancies before 1st April 2021, and for any new tenancies. Visual Inspections should be carried out yearly to guarantee your legal duty of care to your tenants is fulfilled. Find out everything you need to know and more about VIR’s in this blog post!

National Safety Inspections Shortlisted as One of the Top Suppliers in the UK Property Industry!

National Safety Inspections has been recognised for its outstanding customer service to its clients by The ESTAS, the biggest award scheme in the UK residential property industry. Sponsored by Coadjute, The ESTAS honours the best agents, conveyancers, brokers and suppliers in the UK.

Is PAT Testing a Legal Requirement?

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. PAT testing provides the most effective way to identify possible faults in electrical equipment and electrical wiring that pose a potential hazard. But not just anyone can do a PAT Test…

How often should Smoke Detectors be Tested?

Smoke detectors are life-saving pieces of equipment. There are many different smoke detector types, from optical alarms and heat alarms, to dual sensor smoke alarms. It is a legal requirement to have a fully operational fire detection system installed in your property and we recommend that your smoke detectors are tested regularly.

What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report, and what is involved?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a thorough inspection of any existing electrical installation’s condition. As of July 2020, it’s now a legal requirement for a landlord to be able to produce certification of the electrical compliance of their property. A valid EICR test is therefore a very necessary investment for all landlords.

Whose Responsibility Is An EICR Test?

An EICR test is the quickest and easiest way to check the electrics in your home and to ensure that there are no faults. If left unnoticed, there can be dangerous consequences. In fact, over half of the accidental domestic fires in the UK are caused by faulty electrics. But whose responsibility is the EICR test – the tenant or the landlord? Here we clear it up.

How Much Does An EICR Report Cost?

An EICR, or an electrical installation condition report, is an in-depth report of your property’s electrical wiring and installation. You should have an up to date EICR for your property whether it’s your home, your business, or a property you rent out. This will ensure the safety of you, your family, and your tenants, as well as protecting you legally from lawsuits which could result from accidents and injuries.

Private Landlord? You Need to Book Your EICR Test

In June this year, updated Electrical Regulations for landlords and tenants in the United Kingdom were introduced. The new changes affect residential properties that are or will be occupied by tenants and enforce the need for an EICR (Electrical Inspection Condition Report) test every five years.

You can view the new legislation here

National Safety Inspections wins Supplier Award at the ESTAS! The most prestigious property awards in the UK!

National Safety Inspections has been recognised for its outstanding customer service to its clients by the largest and longest running award scheme in the UK residential property industry. The ESTAS Supplier of the Year Awards – sponsored by Kerfuffle – were announced on You Tube by Phil Spencer in the first ever virtual awards for the property industry.

ESTAS Award Winners!! Best in sector for electrical services!!

We’re delighted to announce we are the WINNERS of the annual ESTAS awards. We are officially the ‘Best In Sector’ for ‘Electrical Services’ for letting and estate agents throughout the UK.

Electrical Services:

Electrical Testing

Fixed Wire Testing (EICR)

As many of you are now aware, the government have brought in “The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020”.

Portable Appliance Testing

Portable Appliance Testing

Safety in the workplace must be a top priority for all businesses to ensure ​electrical appliances and equipment are safe to use.

Visual Inspection Report

Visual Inspection Report

A Visual Inspection Report (VIR) is an in-depth visual inspection of the fuse board and all accessories, such as sockets and switches, to identify any visible signs of defects, damage, or deterioration.

Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detectors Testing

Smoke detectors are life-saving pieces of equipment. It is a legal requirement to have a fully operational fire detection system installed in your property.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding electrical safety, please contact us and we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible.