Anyone who lets residential accommodation (such as houses, flats and bedsits, holiday homes, 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 is safe. The supply of goods occurs at the time of the tenancy contract. It is, therefore, essential that property is checked prior to the tenancy to ensure that all goods supplied are in a safe condition. A record should be made of the goods supplied as part of the tenancy agreement and of checks made on those goods. The record should indicate who carried out the checks and when they did it. It is strongly advisable to have the equipment checked before the start of each let. It would be good practice to have the equipment checked at regular intervals thereafter.
You should obtain and retain test reports detailing the equipment, the tests carried out and the results.
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing) - For Landlords
The electricity at work regulations require it in regulation 4(2).
When Swift PAT carry out a PAT test on a appliance it is in 3 steps.
* User check
This informs the use or any potential danger signs, and an appliance can fail on this check i.e. a frayed cable can be marked as not safe to use.
* Formal visual Inspection
This is a simple process of visually inspection all of the appliance, cable and plug for obvious faults, including the fuse and wiring of the plug should be tested.
* Combined Inspections and PAT testing
This is the main test, that involves the PAT testing equipment. This determines if the device is electrically safe to use on the class of construction i.e Class 1, Class 2 and so forth.