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  • Writer's picturePhilip Middlemiss

Safety Compliance Inspections

Updated: Jan 24

Did you know that post-March 29, 2021, any lease agreement must adhere to the updated safety standards outlined in the Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021? These requirements were non-existent before this date, and it is crucial for landlords and tenants to be aware of these changes.

Gas safety

Here is a breakdown of the essential safety checks:

Gas Safety Check:

Conducted biennially, this involves the testing of all gas installations and fittings. Only a Type A qualified gasfitter is authorised to perform this critical task.

Electrical Safety Check:

Also required every two years, this involves the testing of all electrical installations and fittings, and it must be carried out by a licensed electrician.

Smoke Alarm Inspection:

An annual check to ensure proper installation and functionality of smoke alarms.

Previously, agents often undertook these checks themselves or delegated the responsibility to tenants, both lacking the qualifications and experience necessary for thorough assessments. Today, numerous professional companies offer comprehensive bundled services for these safety checks.

At Re-define Real Estate, we have discovered that not all service providers are equal. If you are considering outsourcing this responsibility, insist on receiving a detailed report. This report should include detailed descriptions, colour images, and a clear identification of any issues. Ideally, the report should be signed by the inspector and confirmed by the tenant that someone attended.

Failure to comply with these safety requirements may result in Consumer Affairs Victoria issuing a breach and a fine of up to $16,346. Additionally, insurance policies may be cancelled due to the unsafe conditions of the property.

If your current agent has not organised these safety checks for you, contact the Re-define Real Estate team today. Let us discuss how we can bring your property up to the latest safety standards and ensure compliance with the Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021.

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