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  • HMO & Multi-Lets

    PAT testing

    Hi all

    Just curious, what's the view on PAT testing - should I be doing it for all the electrical appliances that I supply in my HMO? I see from the RLA website that it's not mandatory but I'm keen to follow best practice where possible.

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    Has any one done a PAT course and passed ? I understand you do not have to be a qualified electrician to carry out the tests

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    From my understanding different areas have different rules for HMOs (its been a few years since I was involved in PAT). But as you say best practice is to have all electrical equipment supplied by the LL tested.

    Quite annoyingly (I used to run a small portable appliance testing business) you do not need to be qualified, only competent. A simple google search will bring up loads of cheap online courses. Its very straight forward and I can’t imagine anyone failing the online courses.

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    I have done the course and passed, no you don't need to be a qualified electrician, the sophisticated part of the test is done by the test equipment. You need to complete the course and purchase a PAT tester.

    I did a course organised by EMPO (East Midlands Property Owners) a landlords organisation cost members £75 non members £100. The test equipment cost £200.

    Tested my first 10 appliances last week so each cost me £27.50, I have a total of 40 to test across my properties so the cost will be down to £6.87 when all are done.

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    Also factor in you need to have the tester calibrated every 12 months. Costs £30 - £50.

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    PAT testing landlord appliances is not a legal requirement yet for family lets, only HMOs. Only a question of time though before it's mandatory on all rentals IMO. We know that government are proposing 5 year electrical testing for all rentals, so why not throw in PAT testing as well?

    The NLA run PAT testing courses for members and non members, you don't have to be an electrician. Members £175, non members £210

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    Pete, I wasn't aware that PAT was a legal requirement for HMO's. Could you point me to that particular regulation please?

    many thanks,

    John

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