Ok, now we’ve got your attention, Landlords, do you carry out PAT Testing?
We’ve covered this before, but we’re getting quite a few Landlords asking what are their legal liabilities when it comes to PAT testing. If it’s nothing to do with the above canine, then what is it? Well, for Landlords in particular, here it is, in a nutshell.
Anyone who lets residential accommodation (such as houses, flats and bedsits, holiday homes, caravans and boats) as a business activity is required by law to ensure the equipment they supply as part of the tenancy is safe.
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 requires that all mains electrical equipment (cookers, washing machines, kettles, etc), new or second-hand, supplied with the accommodation must be safe. Landlords therefore need to regularly maintain the electrical equipment they supply to ensure it stays safe.
This is where PAT (or Portable Appliance Testing) comes in. It is strongly advisable to have the electrical equipment checked at each change of tenant and also at regular intervals thereafter. You should obtain and retain test reports detailing the equipment, the tests carried out and the results.
PAT checks are not a legal requirement in themselves. They do however, help identify potentially dangerous faults and also serve to demonstrate that you take safety and a duty of care to your tenants seriously.
As Preston Electricians, Currelec will quickly and inexpensively carry out PAT testing for Landlords throughout Lancashire, providing you with a certificate and recorded evidence, together with a label on each item, proving that this has been done.
Please contact us with your requirements for a FREE quote.