When a landlord lets residential accommodation (e.g. houses, flats, etc.) to a paying tenant the property becomes a business premise and so the landlord is lawfully required to ensure that any electrical equipment supplied as part of the tenancy agreement is safe to be used, and appropriately maintained.

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 state that all mains electrical equipment (cookers, washing machines, kettles, microwaves etc), whether new or otherwise, supplied with the accommodation must be safe to use. A landlord or management company need to regularly maintain the electrical equipment provided to ensure it is safe to use.

The equipment must be checked prior to the tenancy commencing to ensure they’re safe. A record of the appliances should be made and supplied to the tenants.

Additionally the equipment should be further checked between lets and it is recommended that equipment be checked on a regular basis, such as annually.

 

 

With regular checks from DRA PAT Testing you’ll get the peace of mind that your appliances are safe, and that you’re taking positive action to ensure they remain so. 

Landlords Obligations

  • By law a landlord must make sure the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in, following which they must be maintained in a safe condition for the whole tenancy.
  • This includes the fixed wiring and electrical appliances.
  • An EICR report must include the fixed wiring and an Appliance Inspection Report (PAT).
  • PAT checks are required on appliances provided by the landlords but not those belonging to the tenant.
  • Anything not permanently connected to the electrical installation should be on the PAT report including appliances attached by a fuse spur and/or a plug.