Why is a PAT Test needed for rental properties?

Why is a PAT test necessary for rental properties? Some landlords mistakenly believe that since their properties are unfurnished, there are no portable appliances present, and therefore a PAT (Portable Appliance Test) is not required.

However, it is important to note that white goods, including washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, fridge freezers, and portable heaters, are classified as portable appliances.

Faulty appliances and leads are responsible for 1 in 7 accidental dwelling fires. To illustrate the significance of a PAT test, let me share an example involving a landlord from Brighton. As part of the scheduled yearly gas safety check, the landlord agreed to have an additional PAT test conducted at their property.

During the inspection, the engineer discovered a problem with the fridge/freezer and deemed it unsafe for use. The appliance was immediately disconnected, and the tenants were advised not to use it. The landlord, appreciative of this information, promptly replaced the appliance. This incident clearly emphasises the importance of proactive measures, such as PAT tests, to minimise the risk of appliance fires.

Failing to ensure the safety of portable appliances, including white goods, can pose significant risks. It is highly recommended to combine checks like these with annual Gas Safe Checks to prevent any disruption to your tenants' safety and protect your property. One effective method of ensuring the safety of your appliances is by arranging for a PAT test.

This not only helps landlords fulfill their legal obligations concerning electrical safety standards but also provides peace of mind. Reach out to your local branch to organise PAT tests for your property or properties, and rest assured that we can handle this for you. Simply speak to your dedicated Property Manager.