NSW Landlords- here are the 7 minimum standards to ensure your property is “fit for habitation”.

All NSW landlords will need to ensure that their investment properties meet minimum standards to be "fit for habitation” by 23 March 2020.

These 7 standards must be met at the start of each tenancy and have to be maintained throughout the tenancy:

1. Structurally sound property.

2. Adequate natural or artificial lighting in each room, except storage rooms or garages.

3. Adequate ventilation.

4. Supplied with electricity or gas and has adequate electricity or gas outlets for lighting, heating and appliances.

5. Adequate plumbing and drainage.

6. Connected to a water supply service or infrastructure for the supply of hot and cold water for drinking, washing and cleaning.

7. Contains bathroom facilities, including toilet and washing facilities, which allow user privacy.

Ask your tenants to make all requests via the RealRenta platform, which dates and time-stamps every interaction.

Your tenant can upload photos and videos of any changes that they wish to undertake onto the platform and this information will form part of the tenancy file.

Make sure that the lease agreement is very clear about issues regarding changes and amendments to your property and what is and is not allowed.

In the event that a tenant proceeds with major changes without your permission and is in violation of the lease agreement, you will have legal recourse against the tenant.

The tenant may be ordered to bear the cost of returning the property to its’ original condition and you may have the right to keep any of the bond, that is necessary to cover the cost of any missing appliances, fixtures and/or damage to the property.


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Marlene Liontis
Thursday, 9 January 2020

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