Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a crucial requirement for rental properties. Many landlords mistakenly believe that because their properties are rented as unfurnished, there are no portable appliances present, and therefore, a PAT is unnecessary. However, it is essential to understand that even in unfurnished properties, white goods such as washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, fridge freezers, and portable heaters are considered portable appliances.
When it comes to electrical safety, these appliances hold significant importance. Faulty appliances and leads contribute to 1 in 7 accidental dwelling fires. This alarming statistic demonstrates the potential dangers that arise from neglecting proper maintenance and safety checks for these appliances.
To emphasise the significance of a PAT test, let me share an example involving a Manchester-based landlord. During a routine visit to the property for a yearly gas safety check, an engineer also performed an additional PAT test. It was during this inspection that the engineer discovered a serious issue with the fridge/freezer, deeming it unsafe for use.
The appliance was promptly disconnected, and the tenants were advised not to use it. The landlord, grateful for this information, replaced the faulty appliance. This incident highlights the necessity of a PAT test and the benefits of a proactive approach, which effectively minimises the risk of appliance-related fires.
Neglecting to assure the safety of our portable appliances, including white goods, poses significant risks that we simply cannot afford to overlook. Regular checks, such as PAT tests, in conjunction with annual Gas Safe Checks, provide an excellent way to avoid disruptions to tenants while prioritizing their safety, as well as safeguarding your property.
To ensure the safety of your appliances and meet your legal obligations in maintaining high electrical safety standards in your rental property, it is strongly recommended to arrange for a PAT test. By doing so, landlords can demonstrate their commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of their tenants.
Reach out to your local John Shepherd branch to organise PAT tests for your property or properties, and rest assured that your dedicated Property Manager will take care of this critical aspect for you.