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PAT for Landlords

Within the property sector, a duty of care exists for landlords and estate agents to ensure the safety of electrical appliances in the properties that they lease to their prospective tenants.

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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 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.

You are likely to be held legally liable for fire damage and personal injury resulting from unsafe appliances. These include all forms of electrical garden equipment, TVs, Videos, CD players, DVD players, Satellite Decoders, toasters, kettles, fridges, vacuum cleaners and microwaves etc.

Portable Appliance Testing is vital to ensure you have fully discharged your legal obligations and to give your tenants peace of mind in their homes and offices.

Regulations On Electrical Appliances For Landlords & Letting Agents

The Electrical Equipment (safety) Regulations 1994, mandatory since 1 January 1997 states that all electrical appliances supplied with let accommodation must be safe. This applies to both new and second-hand appliances and covers all electrical items supplied for the intended use of the tenant. The only sure method of ensuring that these appliances are safe is to have them tested by a competent person using the appropriate calibrated PAT 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.

Last Updated (Friday, 22 October 2010 17:41)