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I'm wondering what you guys would do.
Kevin the tenant has been playing with the electrics, replacing plastic switches with metal and not earthing. Tapping into an existing shower circuit to install another shower using chock block and no enclosure, thinks he owns the place (you ought to see the plumbing!).
So when I have finished removing and putting Kevins handy-work right I'm thinking how can I trust he will not play again. It's my name on the EICR and he could invalidate it as soon as I walk out of the door. How do I cover myself? He may do something electrical that burns the place down and die in the inferno. HSE looks at who did the last inspection.
Normally 5 years to next test, I'm thinking I should be recommending a visual every 6 months whilst Kevin is the tenant.
What would you recommend?
 
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Dustydazzler

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As above , take lots of photos you Work and of the consumer unit. You could put some special security tape around the lid of the consumer unit for good measure.
you can’t really do more than this to cover your backside from proving Kevin modifying the electrics in the future.
remember An eicr is just a snap shot of the installation at that given time.
 

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Agree
Photos and notes on the report.
Does Kevin’s landlord have any comment on the situation or is it a letting agency employing you?
 

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If you think Kevin will just reinstate some of his 'improvements' after you've left, perhaps on the documentation make detailed specific mention of what has been corrected. For example, I'd typically just have one line on an invoice for something like "correct earthing of 3 metal light switches", whereas you perhaps ought to document more specifically each switch corrected or replaced with plastic, by room/location.

I suppose the trouble is you don't know what else he might modify after you've gone, you can't photograph every socket, switch, light fitting etc in case they get changed. Though you could note this down for your own records, e.g. I typically have test sheets with each lighting point listed and have noted whether pendant/metal/etc., which never go to the client but I can dig out at a later date if there is a problem.

PS: Do you have any good plumbing photos?
 

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I would likely issue Report with C2 and your observations of DIY and leave. Let the LL / Agent separately ask for the necessary repairs if they wish. My inner Murphy says this is not over …
 

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As above, take loads of photos and report on what you see.

You could do an EICR on any property and the owner might tamper with the electrics the day after.

Edit: Having said that, I'm surprised the landlord isn't evicting the tennant. I certainly would be.
 
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As others have said, I think my way forward here would be to see this as two separate things - issue a report of whatever you've found, along with photo's and an estimate for cost of remedials. Do remedials, certify and take pics, walk away as fast as possible.
 

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I would write on the EICR, clear evidence of poorly fitted DIY electrics. In addition you could add your concerns on the EICR, a bit unorthodox but I can't see it breaking any rules.
I would also take photos and I would straightaway download those photos on to the laptop in a specifically labelled folder. If you ever need to show them to anyone, it will likely be in years rather than months, they will get lostif left on your phone.
Tell your concerns to the landlord in an email, make a copy of that email in your special folder.
Speak to Kevin if feasible and politely tell him that he's a bit of a silly chap.
I used a number of other words rather than 'silly chap', but I noticed they were all blanked out!
 

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Given the current PRS legislation where the tenant gets a copy of the EICR and assuming the tenant actually reads it, if the issues are highlighted and more frequent reviews are recommended might this be sufficient warning to put him off his DIY electrics
Other than that may be the use tamperproof screws to secure accessories is an option although the "security" bits are readily available and would possibly only slow down the inevitable modifications that he may choose to do
This is one EICR where it needs to be very detailed and documented with supporting pictures to protect the persons signing it as much as possible and again this brings up the question of what warranty does an EICR have when it is so easy to tamper with the installation

The issue is that whatever is done only increases the landlords costs so is it reasonable that Kevin pays the increase in costs to monitor his unauthorised mods
 
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the electronic certs being so easy to Attach lists of works/specific disconnects etc and attach photos are your friend here, I'd just cover with specific wording perhaps in summary advising client To ensure unsafe and non compliant modifications are prevented.
 

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