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.
And lets not forget about in the cords on our window treatments.
The Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard - Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010 sets out the mandatory requirements for corded internal window coverings.
The mandatory standard applies to all corded internal window coverings supplied from 30 December 2010.
For complete information about the mandatory requirements for corded internal window coverings installation services, it is recommended that you read the Competition and Consumer (Corded Internal Window Coverings) Safety Standard 2014. The information in this standard is essential to ensure you comply with the requirements of this mandatory standard from 1 January 2015.