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Discussion in 'PAT Testing Forum' started by ample current, Feb 27, 2012.

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  1. ample current

    ample current Regular EF Member

    Bristol area
    Not sure of the frequency of formal visual and combined inspection of kettle, vacuum,washing machine etc in rented out flat, i dont think "used by the public" applies.
    would change of tennancy be enough?
  2. telectrix

    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    i'd go for every 2 years or change of tenancy.
  3. MarkieSparkie

    MarkieSparkie Guest

    In my experience equipment in rental properties tend to be abused, so I would suggest initially:
    6 months FVI and 12 months CIT for hand-held equipment (iron, hair drier, etc).
    12 months FVI and 24 months CIT for portable equipment (kettle, vacuum cleaner, etc).
    24 months FVI and 48 months CIT for stationary equipment (washing machine, fridge/freezer, etc)
    and change of occupancy.
    Increase frequency of future I&T if maintenance or abuse require it.
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  4. Megahertz

    Megahertz Guest

    If you rent out property you will need to inform your insurance company, and they will put you on a special 'letting' policy. Most of these normally require appliances to be PAT Tested every 12 months, or every change of tenant, whichever is sooner. I've known of a few landlords who haven't read the small print until it was too late....
  5. i=p/u

    i=p/u Electrician's Arms

    anybody who asks me il be saying every twelve months as all equipment is different in a building, is this what you do?
  6. ruston

    ruston Respected Member

    Really it is your call, the frequencies are just a guide, what may apply to one property could be totally different from another. I would go with Markie and asses the situation as you see it, especially as the equipment ages.It is up to the inspector to set the interval of frequency for testing.
  7. i=p/u

    i=p/u Electrician's Arms

    well most people who have mentioned seem to lean on the every year thing of pat testing so il go with flow... have tester , test results schedules now just need insurance... and im off @ £79 for first 20 items £2 a item their after....

    and yes nothing is black and white so know1 can be blamed
  8. oldtimer

    oldtimer Electrician's Arms

    The thing is on a big job there is equipment that can be done every 2-3 years and the a visual every 12 month then some tested every year and as I charge a set price for so many items a letting agent or a landlord dont want it broken up so the compromise will be every 12 months that they let lapse for 3-6 months in other words 2 PAT tests within 3 years.

    I do get peeeeeeed off with the HSE who said we need to look at the intervals of certain equipment in certain environments but thats it we are no better off as there is nothing definitive . I just wish they would come out and say something like all rentals every 18 months all HMOs every 9-12 months thats it instead of saying well you need to get it tested but see what you think yourself.
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