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  • Holiday Lets

    PAT testing in holiday lets - can you DIY?

    Hello. The agency we use to let our cottage has suggested we have PAT testing (portable appliance test) done by them at a cost of £2-3 per appliance. We have 22 items with plugs, so cost would be £44-66 - not a huge amount, but still adds up as there's so many charges and costs. I see that the HSE says in low risk environments it's enough just to do visual tests on plugs and wiring.

    Our place is quite new and so most the electrical equipment is only about 18 months old. I'm interested to hear whether other people would get the PAT testing?

    I wondered if any one here (who's not an electrician) had done a PAT testing course online. I found a free one by ParkerBell, but done it yet. Thank you.

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    Hi Danielle,

    I think its best practice to get it done.  We have it done annually for a small tax-deductible cost.

    Gives peace of mind as well. Smile

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    A retired chap in Cardiff had done this course and bought a tester on ebay for a  couple of hunded quid and did PAT testing cheaply.

    The regs say;

    "According to PAT testing legislation, a competent person is someone who has experience or knowledge of being able to check and test appliances for safety purposes. Those with knowledge of electricity in general as well as anyone who has experience in electrical work can be deemed capable."

    The cost adds up and as it is easy to do it and it is amazing how many items need testing. We have aTV in each bedroom in our HMOs  and an amazing number of other items, very quickly it soon adds up.


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    If you've got enough applicances do it yourself.  You can get a tester on amazon for about £300.  You only need to test appliances over one year old.  You also have to have your tester calibrated each year.  There is no requirement to be an electrician.  Just a "competent" person.  A lot of the sellers also have online tutorials .

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    Hi danielle, I am an electrical as well as a budding property investor. That is cheap. If they are local to wiltshire I want there number. A friend of mine was quoted £500 + for her caravan witch was on the steep side. If I was you I would say yes please. Make sure every plug has a sticker with the date of test on it & any relavat paperwork to prove they have been tested properly. That's a good price believe me. Cheers Mike.
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    Thank you everyone for taking the time to feed back. I will go ahead with the test from the management company, and ask everything to be stickered. My father was an electrical engineer who was super safety conscious so I'm imagining him sitting on my left shoulder - he didn't even like me to change a plug ;-)
    By bizarre coincidence, my kettle at home (the most used and cherished product in my house!) stopped working this afternoon. I took the fuse out to see if changing it would help and it was part crumbled - as if a bit of it had got singed. Well, I've taken that as a sign too!!

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