PAT Testing for Landlords

Any landlord who lets residential accommodation which includes flats, apartments, houses, holiday homes, boats and caravans as a business activity is required by law to ensure the electrical appliances they supply as part of the tenancy are regularly PAT tested and safe.

Portable appliance testing is widely regarded as being the best way of complying with this obligation. Without a programme of planned appliance testing and maintenance, you could be legally liable for damages resulting from your untested appliances. This covers all portable appliances that you supply, including fridges and freezers, microwave ovens (additional testing is required), televisions and vacuum cleaners and any garden equipment.

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PAT Testing for Landlords

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, mandatory since 1 January 1997, states that all electrical appliances connected to the mains supplied with let accommodation must be safe. These appliances include washing machines, toasters and kettles, new or second-hand. Landlords therefore need to regularly PAT test and maintain all electrical equipment periodically – as they may become faulty over time. The only sure method of ensuring that these appliances are safe is to have them tested by a trained competent person using the appropriate calibrated portable appliance testing equipment. Failure to comply with the electrical regulations may constitute a criminal offence under the Consumers Protection Act 1987, which carries a maximum penalty on summary conviction of a £5000 fine and/or 6 months imprisonment. In addition, be sued in Civil Law under the duty of care for failure to ensure the tenants safety and face punitive damages.

Rental Accommodation PAT Testing

From a tenant’s perspective, it is essential that a property is checked prior to moving in to ensure that all appliances supplied are in a safe working condition. It would be good practice to have the equipment checked at regular intervals thereafter. Records should be available from landlords detailing the appliances supplied as part of the tenancy agreement and the checks made on those goods. The records should indicate who carried out the PAT testing and when they were tested.

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PAT Testing for Landlords — 6 Comments

  1. If an electric oven in a rented property fails a PATs test but is working fine does that automatically mean it is dangerous and should be replaced?

    • Hi Carol,

      Thank you for your comment. A PAT Test cannot be carried out on an Oven unless it has a 13A plug fitted. A cooker usually runs at 40A. If an appliance in Rented Property has failed the PAT test then is should be removed from the premises and replaced as it is the Landlords duty of care to ensure that all electrical appliances supplied in a rental are safe to use. Best Wishes – Andrew.

  2. I am renovating a house to become a holiday rental. All electrics are being replaced and all equipment is brand new. Do I need to have the equipment pat tested before I start renting out?

    • Hi Carol, I would recommend that you have any new equipment that is supplied by you and placed in the property, PAT testing. As a landlord you may need the provide the relevant certification should any problems arise with the equipment, this would prove that you have been responsible and the equipment was safe at the time of testing.
      Andrew

    • PAT Testing is not law it is as previously stated however “Any landlord who lets residential accommodation which includes flats, apartments, houses, holiday homes, boats and caravans as a business activity is required by law to ensure the electrical appliances they supply as part of the tenancy are safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law). The only way in which this can be done is by carrying out a Portable Appliance test.” Andrew.

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