Portable Appliance Testing is a requirement For all Rented Properties. Failure to comply will result in Fines and insurances void
What can DBA do for you ?
- Using the latest computerised equipment, one of our fully qualified engineers will carry a PAT test (Portable Appliance Test)
on every electrical item you have supplied on the premises that is connected to the electricity supply with a plug.
- Each appliance will be bar coded & date labelled to show it has been tested.
- You will be supplied with the appropriate test certificate (digital versions available on request)
- All test results will be held on our database for your protection and legal Purposes.
- We will contact you prior to each annual tests / checks
It is a statutory requirement and many insurance companies require the insured to comply with all current regulations. This includes the Electricity in rented accommoda-tion Regulations 1989, which state that "As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger 4(2)). "Electrical equipment includes anything used, intended to be used or in-stalled for use, to generate, provide, transmit, transform, rectify, convert, conduct, distribute, control, store, measure or use electrical energy." (Regulation 2(1)). The responsibility on the Landlord / agent to ensure appliances are safe is also covered by The Provision and Use of Equipment Regulations 1998. This states that "Every landlord shall ensure that equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided." (Regulation 4(1)). This in-cludes all electrical equipment (fixed, portable or transportable) connected to a source of electrical energy.
What Could Happen
Failure to comply with regulations will constitute a criminal offence, under the
consumer protection act 1987 which carries a penalty well into the thousands of pounds, and / or possible imprisonment. Landlords / Agents will also be sued in civil law under the duty of care act, for failure to ensure the safety of their Tenants.