What’s a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) and why is it relevant to rented properties?

At City Rental Services, keeping up to speed with Health and Safety legislation is of great importance – and ensures that we continue to enjoy an excellent level of repeat business by word-of-mouth referrals.

Our landlords and tenants trust us to understand (and be familiar with) current legislation.

One important aspect for rented properties in Bristol is the requirement for a Portable Appliance Test (PAT), and this should be carried out annually.

Invaluable guidelines have been published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) recently here, and are worth a close read by landlords. This is information that could save lives.

In essence, a PAT test is the examination of electrical appliances and equipment, to ensure they are safe for use.

Whilst there is no legal requirement to carry out the test and label equipment that has been inspected, this is a useful management tool ensuring electrical equipment is up to standard.

Needless to say, at City Rental Services we ask our landlords to complete PAT tests on the electrical equipment in their properties before presenting them to the Bristol lettings market.

Typically, a PAT is carried out on equipment with a plug on such larger items as fridge freezers, washing machines and dishwashers.

Don’t forget any other smaller electrical items such as toasters, kettles, irons or an electrical lawn mower, which might be stored in a garden shed, forms part of the Inventory at the property.

Whilst there is no legal obligation to carry out a PAT test, should the worse case scenario happen and there be no evidence of regular PAT testing, it is highly likely that a landlord or letting agency would be viewed as lacking in their Duty of Care to their tenants.

If you’d like to find out more about our central Bristol lettings agency, please feel free to get in touch here.

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