ELECTRICAL AND GAS SAFETY CHECKS IN RESIDENTIAL RENTAL PROPERTY
Whilst legislation regarding the provision and maintenance of smoke alarms in residential properties has been in place for many years now, 2021 will see the implementation of other safety related obligations for Rental Providers. Key safety activities being introduced include pool barriers and bushfire prone areas. The two that will affect all properties under our management will be the Electrical and Gas Safety checks.
Clear guidelines have now been determined and all landlords who own and lease out a residential investment property in Victoria will be governed by the change. These requirements are mandatory, meaning landlords must ensure that these guidelines are met or face serious fines and possible litigation in the event of an issue.
First National Neilson Partners is currently working with a number of providers to ascertain the best programs and services available and fair costings for our clients.
Guidelines for Electrical Safety Checks
- The rental provider must ensure an electrical safety check of all electrical installations, appliances and fittings provided by a rental provider in the rented premises is conducted every 2 years by a licensed or registered electrician and must provide the renter with the date of the most recent safety check, in writing, on request of the renter
- If an electrical safety check of the rented premises has not been conducted within the last 2 years at the time the renter occupies the premises, the rental provider must arrange an electrical safety check as soon as practicable
For the purposes of section 68B of the Act, the prescribed requirements for the keeping and production of records of electrical safety checks conducted at the rented premises are the following:
1. A record of an electrical safety check must include the following information:
- The name of the licensed or registered electrician who conducted the check
- The licence or registration number of the licensed or registered electrician who conducted the check
- The date the check was conducted
- The results of the check, including any repairs that were required and actions taken to address the repair
- A report prepared in accordance with section 2 of AS/NZS 3019, "Electrical installations - Periodic verification", as published or amended from time to time
2. A record of an electrical safety check must be kept until a record of the next electrical safety check is created
3. A copy of the most recent electrical safety check must be provided to the renter within 7 days after receipt by a residential rental provider of a written request from the renter
Guidelines For Gas Safety Checks
1. This safety-related activity only applies if the rented premises contain any appliances, fixtures or fittings which use or supply gas. It is important to note that a heater check for carbon monoxide does not constitute a full gas safety check so balance works will have to be completed for the property to be deemed compliant
2. The residential rental provider must ensure that a gas safety check of all gas installations and fittings in the rented premises is conducted every 2 years by a licensed or registered gasfitter and must provide the renter with the date of the most recent safety check, in writing, on request by the renter
3. If a gas safety check has not been conducted within the last 2 years at the time the renter occupies the premises, the residential rental provider must arrange a gas safety check as soon as practicable
Guidelines For Smoke Alarm safety check
1. The rental provider must ensure that:
- Any smoke alarm is correctly installed and in working condition
- Any smoke alarm is tested according to the manufacturer's instructions at least once every 12 months
- The batteries in each smoke alarm are replaced as required
2. The rental provider must immediately arrange for a smoke alarm to be repaired or replaced as an urgent repair if they are notified by the renter that it is not in working order. Note: Repair or replacement of a hard-wired smoke alarm must be undertaken by a suitably qualified person
3. The residential rental provider, on or before the commencement of the residential rental agreement, must provide the renter with the following information in writing:
- Information about how each smoke alarm in the rented premises operates
- Information about how to test each smoke alarm in the rented premises
- Information about the renter's obligations to not tamper with any smoke alarms and to report if a smoke alarm in the rented premises is not in working order
4. The renter must give written notice to the residential rental provider as soon as practicable after becoming aware that a smoke alarm in the rented premises is not in working order. Note: Regulations made under the Building Act 1993 require smoke alarms to be installed in all residential buildings.