Landlord’s are bound by a range of laws and regulations regarding electrical safety. Any person who rents flats, houses, or apartments, including student accommodation, is bound by these laws. As a result, PAT testing can be extremely beneficial. Here at Walker Electrical in Preston, we are commercial and residential electrical experts. Consequently, we have produced this guide to residential PAT testing for Landlords.
What is PAT Testing?
Portable Appliance Testing is a great way to make sure that you have documented evidence of electrical testing and maintenance. As a result, you as a Landlord will be covered legally for any damages or accidents that may occur.
PAT testing involves testing any new or existing portable electrical appliances that you may supply in the property. This includes, along with many other items:
By testing these appliances you can supply documentation to show that they are fit for use and safe. In addition, you can also establish an electrical maintenance schedule.
PAT Testing and Landlords
Mandatory since 1997, the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations state that any electrical appliances that are connected to the mains and that are supplied with the rented accommodation must be safe.
As a Landlord, you would need to prove that any appliances that were supplied were in fact safe and well maintained. The only way to prove this is to implement PAT testing. As a result, you could then not be held legally liable for any issues or damages. It will also support any insurance claims you may need to make.
Failure to comply with these regulations is a criminal offence, under the Consumers Protection Act of 1987. As a result, you could face a £5000 fine, or 6 months in prison.
Professional PAT Testing
The only way you can be sure that your electrical equipment is safe for use is by hiring a qualified and registered professional. A professional will provide written documentation and evidence of any testing undertaken. This will also be dated.
In addition, a professional will schedule future testing times, as the equipment will need to be maintained and tested on a regular basis.
Residential PAT testing for Landlords will help you meet your legal requirements and obligations. If you need to implement PAT testing in any of your residential properties, don’t hesitate to contact Preston’s leading commercial electricians here at Walker Electrical.