Is PAT testing a legal requirement for holiday lets?

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Is PAT testing a legal requirement for holiday lets?

With the great news that self-catering holiday lets can open on 12 April, you may be looking to get your holiday let ready for the general public.

You may be wondering what you need to do to keep your self-catering apartment, Airbnb rental, caravan or holiday cottage up and running… as well as safe.

Do I need to get PAT (electrical equipment) testing carried out for my holiday let?

If you rent out accommodation across the UK (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland), you do not have to get PAT testing carried out.

However, as a landlord, you do have a duty of care towards guests to keep your electrical equipment safe. If anyone is hurt in an accident caused by faulty electrical equipment, you could be liable.

By electrical equipment, we mean anything that is part of the holiday let that plugs into the mains. For example, a television, fridge, kettle, toaster, washing machine or lamp. 

More information about what needs PAT testing

Electrical equipment in holiday lets is generally more prone to wear and tear as guests handle equipment less carefully than they would at home. With this in mind, we’d advise that you or your maintenance staff give your equipment a quick visual check when guests leave.

If you promote your holiday let through a third-party agency, they may ask to see evidence of PAT testing as a requirement before they advertise your property.

Please note, if your accommodation is in Scotland and it is a long-term let (i.e. a property where people can stay for over six months), you need to get PAT testing carried out by law.

More information about the PAT testing requirements for landlords

In summary: PAT testing is not a legal requirement in holiday lets, but you are legally obliged to keep your electrical equipment in a safe condition. PAT testing is the best way to do this.