glotech can now offer pat testing to its list of services for landlords and letting agents. portable appliance testing is an important check on how safe items in the property are and for £30+ it’s a cheap price to pay to get that piece of mind.
landlord’s legal requirements
anyone who lets residential accommodation (such as houses, flats etc.) as a business activity is required by law to ensure the equipment they supply as part of the tenancy agreement is safe.
the electrical equipment (safety) regulations 1994 requires that all mains electrical equipment (cookers, washing machines, kettles, toasters, dishwashers, tumble dryers, washer dryers, fridges, freezers etc), new or second-hand, supplied with the property must be safe. landlords therefore need to regularly maintain the electrical equipment they supply to ensure it is safe.
the supply of goods occurs at the time of the tenancy contract, therefore, it is essential that the property is checked prior to the tenancy to ensure that all goods supplied are in a safe condition. a record should be made of the goods supplied as part of the tenancy agreement and of checks made on those goods. the record should indicate who carried out the checks and when they did it.
glotech strongly advises to have the equipment checked before the start of each let. it would be good practice to have the equipment checked at regular intervals thereafter. you should obtain and retain test reports detailing the equipment, the tests carried out and the results.