Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Holiday Property Specialists

Any landlord who lets residential accommodation which includes flats, apartments, houses, holiday homes, boats and caravans as a business activity is required by law to ensure the electrical appliances they supply as part of the tenancy are regularly maintained and safe. There are 5 pieces of law which may all apply:

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is widely regarded as being the best way of complying with this obligation. Without a programme of planned appliance testing and maintenance, you could be legally liable for damages resulting from your untested appliances. This covers all portable appliances that you supply, including fridges, dishwashers, microwave ovens, televisions, vacuum cleaners and any garden equipment.  The HSE recommend that all appliances are checked by a trained competent person with most appliances in a holiday property requiring inspection every 6-12 Months.

Failure to comply with these laws/regulations may result in a criminal conviction as well as civil compensation proceedings.

PAT testing costs £2.00 per item

It is recommended that all successfully tested appliances are stickered with pass sticker, which will typically be placed on the appliance plug.  However if you do not want stickers placed on your appliances we can produce a photographic PAT report detailing serial numbers as evidence of testing to comply with the law/regulations.  This service costs an extra 50p per item.   Any parts that require replacing (e.g. plugs/fuses) will be charged at cost.

The HSE and IET have both produced leaflets regarding electrical safety and testing. You can find them by following the links below.

Health & Safety Executive – Maintaining Portable Electrical Equipment in Low-Risk Environments

The Institute of Engineering & Technology – Portable Appliance Testing