15th August 2019 –
PAT Testing Advice for Landlords
As a landlord, it is your moral responsibility to ensure that portable appliances do not cause damage to the property or endanger your tenants.
Although there has never been a specific legal obligation for landlords to test portable items, under the ‘Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 act (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1994/3260/contents/made – link) you need to make sure that all of the mains electrical equipment in residential accommodation is ‘safe’.
Despite landlords having no legal requirement to PAT test appliances, Fire Guard Services recommend that landlords should PAT test all appliances in their properties. This is because if there is an accident caused by ineffective wiring or another fault with an electrical appliance, an accident can soon become viewed as an offence which the landlord is then responsible for.
If possible, it is also recommended for landlords to test portable items which their tenants bring into the property. Clear test logs need to be created and maintained for each item, room and building.
If you are a landlord in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire or Buckinghamshire and would like to find out more about how Fire Guard Services can help you with PAT testing appliances, contact a member of our team today!