5 Electrical Safety Requirements for Landlords

Landlords have obligations in regards to fire alarms, gas safety and electrical safety of their rental properties.

Whilst electrical work is a highly specialised field, here are 5 tips from RealRenta to ensure you have a good basis for getting started.

·     Smoke Alarms

Landlords are required to ensure that their properties are fitted with smoke alarms and the number of alarms must be appropriate for the property size, as prescribed under the Building Code of Australia.

Each alarm must be tested within 30 days before the start of tenancy, as well as renewals.

Spent batteries and batteries that are almost spent, need to be replaced within 30 days before the start of a new tenancy or renewal.

Alarms need to be replaced before reaching the end of their service and this is indicated by the warranty.

·     Safety Switches

Some of the states and territories impose a duty on the landlord to install safety switches for lighting and power circuits and power outlets. Penalties may apply if switches are not installed. Where in doubt, consult a licenced electrician.

·      Electrical Safety

All electrical work must be performed by licenced persons.

Before a tenancy, ensure that all appliances are in good working order.

Dirty appliances should be cleaned in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions and faulty appliances should be replaced.

Appliances and wiring should be checked to ensure there is no damage to wiring or casing.

Advise your tenants to report any faults to you directly (via the RealRenta platform) and advise them not to install or remove any faulty appliances.

·     Fire Safety

Landlords need to ensure that furnishings are fire resistant.

In the case of body corporates or apartments, provide extra fire safety measures like fire blankets, extinguishers, fire emergency exits, fire doors and smoke detectors in common areas.

·     Gas Safety

All maintenance and installations must be carried out by licenced gas-fitters and any repairs should be performed promptly and appliances made safe for use before each tenancy.

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Contact jason@realrenta.com



Jason Gwerder
Monday, 2 September 2019

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