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If you’re a landlord, there are obligations you should be aware of in regards to your rental property. These can relate to fire alarms, gas safety, and electrical safety. While electrical work is a highly specialised field and professional gas and electrical services is the best way to ensure that all equipment and wiring are adequately installed, these five tips provide a good basis for getting started.
1. Smoke Alarms
Landlords are required to ensure that all properties are fitted with smoke alarms. The number of alarms much be appropriate for the property size, as prescribed under the Building Code of Australia (‘the Code’). The alarms must also be working in accordance with Australian Standard 3786-1993 and correctly positioned as under the Code.
2. Safety Switches
Some, though not all states and territories impose a duty on the landlord to install safety switches for power outlets, lighting circuits, and power circuits. These rules apply in various forms in Queensland and Western Australia, while other states and territories have their own specific recommendations or requirements. Penalties may apply if safety switches are not installed. If in doubt, consult a licensed electrician about your obligations.
3. Electrical Safety
While residential tenancy requirements can vary from state to state or territory, generally, landlords must take measures to ensure a level of electrical safety on rental property.
For tenants, the following may apply:
4. Fire Safety
Landlords also have responsibilities with respect to fire safety. While these may vary depending on state/territory legislations, generally, they are as follows.
5. Gas Safety
While these may differ from state to state or territory, landlords are also required to maintain an adequate level of gas safety. This can include keeping gas fittings, flues, and chimneys well maintained. In Victoria, gas appliances must be serviced at least every two years.
Maintenance and installations should be carried out by licensed gas-fitters. Any repairs should be performed promptly and appliances made safe to use before re-letting the property.
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