Landlord PAT Testing Certificates

We provide landlord PAT testing certificates for rental properties throughout Hampshire at competitive rates.

Landlord Portable Appliance Testing

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.

Legislation

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:

 

  • The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

 

  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

 

  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

 

  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

 

  • The Housing Act 2004

 

  • The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994

Common Faults We Find

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.

setting a boiler temperature after a legionella risk assessment

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.

setting a boiler temperature after a legionella risk assessment

Counterfeit Items

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?

setting a boiler temperature after a legionella risk assessment

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.

setting a boiler temperature after a legionella risk assessment

What We Offer

Visual Inspection

  • We open all plugs and check correct polarity, good termination of conductors and correct fuse size

 

  • Check the appliance flexes for damage and correct size

 

  • Check the appliance casing for damage and correct operation of switches. On microwaves we check that the interlock works by checking that the microwave stops when the door is opened.

 

Electrical Tests

  • Earth continuity test (class 1 appliances)

 

  • Insulation resistance test

 

  • If necessary we may also do other tests such as load or leakage tests if we feel it is appropriate

 

  • We are also able to isolate and test fixed appliances that are wired into the mains such as cookers, hobs and extractor hoods.

 

Certification

  • Asset List - this lists every item and shows when it was tested and when the next test is due.

 

  • PAT Certificate - this lists every item and shows exactly what tests were performed, the test results and whether the appliance passed or failed.

 

Repairs

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.

Fire Extinguishers

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.

setting a boiler temperature after a legionella risk assessment

More Information & Advice Leaflets

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.

Book your Landlord PAT Testing today!

Simply call us on 01489 232250 to book your PAT Testing and arrange a suitable date and time.

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