Home safety for your investment property

Under common law, landlords must ensure their investment properties are safe to live in and landlords have a duty of care to tenants, as well as anyone the tenant invites to visit the property.


A landlord can be sued for negligence if an injury or death occurs as a result of a landlord’s failure to ensure the property is safe.

Landlords have an obligation to:

·         comply with all requirements in respect to building health & safety laws

·         arrange for urgent repairs to avoid exposing people to risk of injury


It is recommended that pool barriers and blind/curtain cords are checked as part of quarterly property inspections.

What about the tenant’s responsibilities?

Tenants must ensure that they-

·        don’t create hazards by their actions

·        need to alert the landlord in writing about any safety issues around the property as soon as possible.

You can use the RealRenta platform to keep a record of all your reports for each tenancy.

Upload each report with photos/videos onto RealRenta for a comprehensive history of the tenancy. 

Start your Free Trial here: https://app.realrenta.com/Signup.aspx



Jason Gwerder
Friday, 24 January 2020

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