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Three Landlord responsibilities that should’t be forgotten

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Most of us know that the Landlord has to take care of repairs and maintenance of a rental property but there are some very important areas that a Landlord needs to have checked on a regular basis to ensure a safe environment for Tenants.

Gas Safety Check
Professional servicing of gas appliances is necessary because carbon monoxide leaks are hard to detect. Fixing a gas leak qualifies as an urgent repair and a landlord/agent or owner must respond immediately to the Tenants request for repairs.
Landlords need to ensure that all gas appliances provided in the property such as heaters and stoves, are safe to use and properly maintained. Energy Safe Victoria recommends gas heaters and water heaters are serviced every two years.
Some plumbing companies offer a regular service that can be scheduled in accordance with this recommendation.

Smoke alarms
Smoke alarms must be installed in all Victorian homes, units, flats and townhouses. Landlords/agents or owners are responsible for fitting smoke alarms in rented properties.
Hard-wired smoke alarms with a battery back-up must be installed in all buildings constructed after 1 August 1997. The Metropolitan Fire Brigade recommends all smoke alarms be tested regularly and replaced after 10 years.
Direct Property Group work in conjunction with fully qualified tradespeople to carry out bi-annual carbon monoxide checks and annual smoke alarm services in accordance with legislation.

Swimming pools and spas
A property that has a pool or outdoor spa, must have a fence or safety barrier that is secure for anyone who lives or visits the property (especially children).
All doors and gates that provide access to a pool or spa must have self-closing and self-latching devices.
The Victorian Building Authority recommends checking that:
Self-closing and self-latching devices on pool and spa doors and gates work properly gates and are not misused by being propped open, that there are no items that could be used to climb over the barrier within 900mm of the gate or fence; for example, tree branches, pool pumps or pot plants. Fences (especially boundary timber paling fences) must be in good repair and cannot be climbed.

For more information on Landlord and Tenants responsibilities visit the consumer affairs website www.consumer.vic.gov.au or alternatively would like assistance with any of the above items please feel free to get in touch with us.