Landlord PAT Testing Certificates
Landlords have a duty of care to their tenants to ensure that the electrical appliances that they supply in a property are safe at the start of and throughout the tenancy. Faulty appliances pose the risk of injuries caused by a tenant suffering an electric shock, causing damage or destruction to the property by fire. Because of this landlord PAT testing is a good way of picking up any damage or faults with appliances which could pose a potential risk to the tenants or the property. Landlords are increasingly being asked to produce PAT testing certificates by letting agents and councils for H.M.O applications to show that they have met their obligations in respect of safety for their electrical appliances.
For domestic landlords this will normally include appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines, ovens, hobs, extractor hoods, televisions and table lamps. Appliances do not necessarily have to be portable and fixed equipment like ovens, cookers and hobs should also be tested to ensure that they are safe. All electrical appliances in domestic rental properties should be CE marked which is the manufacturers claim that it meets all of the requirements of European law. Landlords should buy good quality appliances from reputable sellers as there are increasing numbers of counterfeit goods on the market that are not safe.
Landlords are required by law to ensure that the electrical appliances that they supply in a property to tenants as part of a tenancy are safe at the start of the tenancy and are maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy.
There are several pieces of legislation that Landlords should be aware of in respect of supplying electrical appliances as part of a tenancy:
Damaged Appliance Flex
When appliances get moved it is easy to trap the flex and damage it, if the copper conductors become exposed there is a risk of electrical shock. Fortunately these types of problem are often easy to fix and sometimes it is just a case of cutting off the damaged piece of flex and refitting the plug. Other times it may be necessary to rewire an appliance.
Accessible Live Parts
This is the most dangerous type of fault that we find. This could be something as simple as a missing cover or damaged casing exposing live parts or damaged power sockets. In this situation there is a risk of a tenant touching something which is live.
There is an increasing amount of counterfeit electrical products being offered for sale. Common things that we often find during inspections are counterfeit plugs, fuses and power leads. We carry a range of genuine good quality plugs, fuses, power leads and other replacement parts that allow us to simply replace and counterfeit items or make repairs if an item is damaged. In the picture on the right can you spot the counterfeit fuses?
Overloading & Overheating
We often find a surprising number of items that are either overloaded or where there is evidence that burning or melting has taken place. This can occur when sockets are overloaded or when appliances like ovens are wired with a flex that is too small meaning that the current the oven draws will exceed the current that the flex can handle.
Although some other companies carry out Landlord PAT Testing not all of them offer to repair items that fail testing. For Landlords we replace plugs and fuses free of charge. Other minor repairs such as repairing damaged flex and rewiring ovens can be carried out for a small additional charge.
If you have fire extinguishers in your rental property save money and time by getting your fire extinguisher serviced at the same time as your PAT testing. We are able to service fire extinguishers in accordance with BS5306 for just £5.00 per extinguisher.
If you do not currently have a fire extinguisher or fire blanket but would like one installed please contact us for a price. We stock a range of Jewel Saffire fire extinguishers and fire blankets which are available at competitive prices.
More information on landlord PAT testing, general electrical safety in rental properties and useful fact sheet can be downloaded from the Electrical Safety First website by clicking here.
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