Why is a PAT test necessary for rental properties?
Many landlords mistakenly believe that their properties do not contain any portable appliances and, therefore, do not require a Portable Appliance Test (PAT). However, even in unfurnished properties, white goods such as washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, fridge freezers, and portable heaters are considered portable appliances. These appliances have a higher chance of malfunctioning, with 1 in 7 accidental dwelling fires caused by faulty appliances and leads.
Let me share an example to illustrate the significance of a PAT test and a proactive approach. We had a landlord from Worthing who agreed to have an additional PAT test conducted at his property, along with the scheduled yearly gas safety check. During the visit, 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 was grateful for the information and replaced the appliance promptly.
This highlights the importance of regular PAT tests and a proactive approach, which significantly reduces the risk of appliance fires.
We cannot afford to ignore the potential risks of using unsafe portable appliances, including white goods. Combining checks like PAT tests with annual Gas Safe Checks is an excellent way to prevent disruptions for your tenants while ensuring their safety and the safety of your property.
To ensure the safety of your appliances and meet your legal obligations regarding electrical safety, it is recommended to have a PAT test conducted. Speak to your local Michael Jones branch to arrange PAT tests for your property or properties. Your dedicated Property Manager will be more than happy to assist you with this.