Any portable electrical appliances that you supply in a property for tenants must be safe for use. As the landlord of a property in Coventry, Birmingham or the West Midlands it’s your responsibility to ensure that all precautions are taken to prevent accident or injury caused by such electrical appliances. This is very important with student lettings where a higher proportion of electrical appliances are landlord supplied. You also need to bear in mind that for licensable HMO’s (which many student lets are), evidence of PAT testing of all portable appliances over one year old (as well as electrical installation safety certificate) is often required before the HMO certificate is approved.
As a landlord (although you don’t employ your tenants) you have an obligation under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) to maintain the safety and integrity of electrical appliances in the following situations:
- Where employees have use of the electrical appliances;
- Any case where members of the public are using appliances that you have supplied;
- In the instance of electrical appliances being used but a 3rd party, or being hired out;
- Where servicing and repair of electrical appliances is undertaken.
Ensuring the safety of electrical appliances
It’s very likely that your insurance company requires that your property is electrically safe & that you have the necessary paperwork to prove it. Whilst most NICEIC electricians are able to inspect, test & certify the fixed wiring in the property – many simply don’t have the equipment to quickly PAT test in a recognised way and then produce documentation. We use Seaward PAT test equipment and industry standard recording software for the results. You can see examples of the documentation we’re able to provide at this page.
PAT testing is a lot like a vehicle MOT test – it needs to be done regularly as just using the appliances will affect their electrical condition.
When carrying out landlord pat testing on appliances in your property, as an experienced & competent IT & Lighting technician, I’ll conduct visual checks on each appliance. The visual checks ensure good condition of the flex, correct fuses present and working, plug wired correctly etc.
If necessary, I can supply and fit a replacement safe 13a plug with the correct rated fuse installed. Once the visual checks are completed, I’ll use recognised and calibrated testing equipment to further assess the safety of the appliances.
Conducting regular pat testing in Coventry ensures that the equipment you supply in your rented accommodation is in safe working order.
What do I need to have PAT tested?
Any “portable” appliances that you supply with your property such as kettles, fridges, freezers, washing machines, microwave ovens (additional testing is required), televisions, vacuum cleaners and some garden equipment should be PAT tested. This proves that you’re complying with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 which states that all electrical appliances connected to the mains supplied with Let accommodation must be safe.
Once the PAT test is complete
Once tests are complete, the appliances will be labelled with the outcome and date thus allowing individual responsibility to be taken by each person who uses it. Any items that fail the PAT Test will be clearly labelled, allowing you to take the appliance out of use straightaway so minimising your liability. Once I’ve returned back to ‘base’ I’ll produce the necessary proof of test certificates and eMail them to you in a format that you can simply print and file or display in the property.
My charges are simple and easy to work out
- Test one item £6.95
- Test four items £25
The prices exclude VAT because I’m not registered for VAT. If you need more items tested, I can quote you a price for that too. You can pay by credit/debit card or cash once I complete the testing and I’ll come to your property to perform the testing as well!
To ensure your properties are as risk-free as possible and to give you peace of mind, contact me to discuss your own landlord pat testing in Coventry.
- These prices depend on being given free and easy access to the appliances & property;
- I reserve the right to charge for my time if I have to wait unduly or if the appliance is difficult to access;
- The price applies to properties in Coventry postcodes CV1 to CV7, I can work all over the West Midlands but I prefer to quote separately because of travel expense;
- If the 13a plug is damaged – a replacement is included in the price;
- I can do simple repairs such as replacing power cords or IEC/Kettle plugs but this would be quoted separately.
How often do I need to test? Click here
This page on the Residential Landlords Association website explains more – Click here