Landlords are responsible for providing safe living environments for their tenants. This might seem obvious, but there can be more to this than meets the eye.
We always recommend that our landlords get a Residential Safety Report for their investment properties. This inspection includes 12 safety hazards and over 120 safety issues including balcony, deck and stair safety as well as slips, trips, falls, gas, moisture, curtain cords and electrical. This is a great pro-active initiative that will reduce claims, maximise your rental returns and potentially save lives.
While we might like to think we can handle most things, building expertise is outside of our skill set as property managers. Recent court rulings make it clear that Landlords are obliged to provide a safe living environment for their tenants.
Minimum requirement for landlords include:
- Residential Current Devices (RCD’s) - In 2009 it became a requirement for all landlords to install at least 2 RCD’s.
- Smoke Alarms - It is the landlords responsibly to make sure the smoke alarms are fitted to the requirements. They need to be hard wired, no more then 10 years old and in good working order.
Further information can be found via this Consumer Protection link.
Locks and security - It is extremely important to make sure you provide the tenant with a safe and secure property. To view all your requirements Click Here.