Electrical PAT Testing for Landlords who rent property
We provide an all inclusive electrical PAT testing for landlords service that includes periodic maintenance of appliances supplied with the tenancy, as well as inspection and testing. When we are doing the testing we will carry out any necessary maintenance tests.
For rental properties in England there is currently no legislation that insists you have to test equipment, however as a landlord you are duty bound to protect your tenants and property, so should maintain safety standards in appliances you provide. To do so you can do it yourself if competent or use a handyman service but you will need to keep records, especially if your properties are HMO’s. The easiest option is to get us to visit the property every year or every time the tenancy changes to do a check on each appliance supplied (e.g. cooker, washing machine, microwave, kettle) to make sure it is still safe. More information is available on our Landlords PAT testing page.
We recommend that landlords regularly carry out portable appliance testing (PAT) on any electrical appliance that they provide and then supply tenants with a record of any electrical inspections carried out as good practice.
Tenants are responsible for making sure that any of their own electrical appliances are safe.
From July 2020 The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 require that landlords have property electrics checked every 5 years at least by a properly qualified person. The electrics must meet standards and landlords must give their tenants proof of this.
The Regulations apply to new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. Local authorities may impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 on landlords who are in breach of their duties.
Electrical Standards Regulations 2020 for Landlords require
Landlords of privately rented accommodation must:
- Ensure standards for electrical safety are met. These are set out in the 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’, which are published as British Standard 7671.
- Ensure electrical installations in their properties are inspected and tested by a qualified and competent person at least every 5 years.
- Obtain a report (Electrical Installation Condition Report – EICR)which gives the results and sets a date for the next inspection and test.
- Supply a copy of this report to the existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection and test.
- Supply a copy of this report to a new tenant before they occupy the premises.
- Supply a copy of this report to any prospective tenant within 28 days of receiving a request for the report.
- Supply the local authority with a copy of this report within 7 days of receiving a request for a copy.
- Retain a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will undertake the next inspection and test.
- Where the report shows that remedial or further investigative work is necessary, complete this work within 28 days or any shorter period if specified as necessary in the report.
- Supply written confirmation of the completion of the remedial works from the electrician to the tenant and the local authority within 28 days of completion of the works.
We provide Electrical Installation Condition Reports of the main electrical installation; we have an NICEIC registered electrician to do this. If you require this service or to enquire about electrical appliance testing please contact us.
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