PAT testing for landlords and housing associations
If you’re responsible for letting any type of residential accommodation, you’re required by law to ensure that all fixed installations – wiring circuits, switches and fuse boards – plus any portable electrical items you supply as part of the tenancy agreement are safe and in proper working order.
While the law is vague in terms of how often electrical items require testing, you do need to meet your duty of care as a landlord by ensuring that all equipment is safely provided and safely maintained.
The Electrical Safety Council recommends testing appliances at the point of letting and at periodic intervals after that.
We are fully qualified to provide testing and certification for housing associations and landlords who have a portfolio of domestic properties to manage.
PAT testing protects your tenants, but it could also protect you. Regular safety certificates could give you a robust defence in the event of any claim against you.
Landlord Electrical Certificates – why do you need one?
A Landlord Electrical Certificate is an important part of ensuring the safety of your tenants and being able to prove that you’ve taken reasonable steps to do so.
You should have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) prior to a new tenancy and subsequent to a property being let – and prior to selling a property or when buying a previously occupied property.
It’s recommended that you should have a full electrical inspection every three to five years. This investigates the state of the wiring throughout the property and comprehensively checks the safety of the electrical installations.
Once the inspection and testing has been carried out, you’ll be issued with an EICR which will declare if the electrical installation is safe, or if any remedial work is needed to bring it into line with current safety standards.