PAT testing

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use.

There is no legal obligation to carry out a portable appliance test (PAT test) on portable electrical appliances (washing machines, dishwashers etc) for rented residential accommodation except if you have an employee working or living in rented accommodation (e.g. in a care home).

However, the Electrical Safety Council’s Guidance recommends PAT to ensure appliances are safe for the tenants.

There is also no law which states you have to PAT test appliances in the workplace. The law simply requires an employer to ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger.

There is more information on your obligations for PAT testing on the links below.

Useful resources
Landlord Electrical Safety Certificates & Inspections frequency on the Residential Landlord Association
PAT – Portable appliance testing FAQs on the Health and Safety Executive’s website

The cost of PAT testing is dependent on the number of items that need to be tested. For a quote, please call now on 078 2544 7057 or 020 3662 3589 or email

Also see Electrical Safety Testing and Reporting under Electric James services