Electrical Testing for landlords

Many people ask me what their obligations are when it comes to PAT Testing in rental properties. The short answer is that it depends what you are letting with the property – if the property is unfurnished & only contains hard-wired electrics such as lights & plug sockets then there is nothing for you to PAT Test. If it’s part or fully-furnished and some of those items are portable appliances, then you are required under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to ensure the premises are fit for people to live & remain in such condition.

There’s nothing that explicitly states that you must perform PAT testing, however it is any easy and cost-effective way to show that you have complied with the legislation. Having an annually dated PAT test certificate puts the onus back on the tenant to ensure they are looking after items as they should be and reporting anything unusual between tests.  Below are a couple of keypoints that are worth taking note of.

In Great Britain in 2010;

  • 22 people died as a result of electrocution and/or fatal electric burns suffered at home
  • there were 20,284 accidental electrical fires in homes, resulting in 48 deaths and 3,324 injuries

If you own any rental property here are a couple of handy pdf guides from the Electrical Safety Council

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