Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the examination of electrical equipment to ensure it is safe to use. The appliances are visually inspected to check for faults.
Some items that can be PAT tested in a rental property include Fridges, Microwaves, Kettles, Dishwashers, Ovens, Televisions, Washing machines and vacuum cleaners.
Is PAT Testing a legal requirement?
PAT testing is not a legal requirement for single-let properties or for House in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), but it is recommended. The Government recommends that property owners “carry out PAT testing on any electrical appliance that they provide and then supply tenants with a record of any electrical inspections carried out as good practice.”
Why should property owners carry out PAT tests?
Property owners have the responsibility of caring for their tenants and carrying out PAT tests is one way to fulfil their duty of care to tenants and helps avoid allegations of negligence. Although PAT tests are not a legal requirement, some local councils may request a PAT test to provide you with a license to rent out your property.
How much does it cost for PAT testing?
The prices are different depending on the location of the property and the number of appliances being tested. The price ranges from £70 – £200.
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