10 Health & Safety Requirements For Landlords & Real Estates

Rental Property Health & Safety Requirments Queensland

Assume you’re a landlord or real estate agent. You should be familiar with the safety and health requirements for your rental property. These include safety requirements for gas safety, fire alarms, and electrical safety. These five tips will help you get started.

Smoke Alarms

All properties must be equipped with smoke alarms. Landlords have an obligation to do so. The number of alarms must be appropriate for the property size, as directed under the Building Code of Australia (‘the Code’). The alarms must be in compliance with Australian Standard 3786-1993 and properly placed according to the Code.

  • Each alarm must be tested and cleaned no later than 30 days prior to the start of a new tenancy, renewal or any other term.
  • Alarms must be replaced prior to reaching the end of their warranty.

Safety switches

Some states and territories require a duty on the landowner or landlord to install safety switches for power outlets, lighting and power circuits. These laws are different in Queensland and Western Australia. Other states and territories may have different requirements or guidelines. Safety switches that aren’t installed may be subject to fines. Ask a licensed electrician in your area about your responsibilities.

Electrical Safety

There are many requirements for residential tenancies. They can vary from one state to the next. Generally, landlords must take steps to assure a level of electrical safety on rental property.

Only licensed people should do any electrical work.

Before leasing the property or taking on new tenants, the landlord must ensure that all appliances are in safe and good working order. Clean any appliances that are dirty according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It is important to replace defective devices.

To ensure there are no damages to wiring and appliances, it is important to inspect them.

Residents may be subject to the following:

  • Tenants must follow the instructions of the manufacturer when using appliances.
  • The tenant should let the landlord know if repairs or maintenance are required.
  • Tenants should notify any faults to the landlord or straight to the agent and avoid installing or transferring any faulty appliances.

Fire Safety

Fire safety and protection are also responsibilities of landlords. These may vary depending on state/territorial legislation, but they are the same.

Furnishings must be fire-resistant and should have smoke alarms installed and maintained according to the regulations.

Landlords may have to provide additional fire safety standards for apartments or bodies corporates with multiple occupants. These standards could include fire alarms, fire extinguishers and fire doors, as well as smoke detectors for communal areas.

10 Health & Safety Requirements For Landlords & Real Estates

Safety with Gas

These may differ from one state to the next or even between territories, but landlords need to maintain sufficient gas safety. Gas fittings, flues, and chimneys must be well controlled. Gas appliances in Victoria must be maintained at a minimum of every two years.

Gas-fitters licensed in the state should handle installations and maintenance. Before re-letting, it is important to make repairs quickly and ensure that appliances are safe.

Blinds and Cords

As part of your property inspection, it is recommended that curtain and blind cords be covered. Landlords are responsible for ensuring that window coverings with cords or similar hazards comply with all applicable laws. Because of the risk of strangulation, blind cords cannot be placed within reach of children in NSW. These rules apply regardless of whether residents have children.

Pool Barriers

Landlords are responsible for ensuring that a spa or pool is properly fenced according to local building codes and residential tenancy law. There are different requirements for pool fencing. For example, in Washington, any pool deeper than 30cm is required to have safety barriers.

Window & Balcony Safety

Balcony windows should be equipped with window safety devices that can withstand up to 25kg force and a child safety lock. The landlords are not responsible for monitoring or enforcing the use of window safety devices. It is up to the tenant, therefore, to conduct a physical inspection of the window safety device and the condition of the balcony.

Security and locks

It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that the property has a reasonable level of security. The definition of reasonable security varies depending on the situation. However, the landlord must ensure that the property meets the minimum security standards as defined by the regulations. Any locks or security devices that are added or modified can be approved by the landlord.

Provide a Property Condition Report To All New Tenants

The landlord must submit a condition report detailing the safety and standard in each room of the rental property before the tenancy can be started and completed. The report must further include information on the fixed electrical appliances in the home. This report will inform the tenant that you have met safety and inspection requirements and that the property is being maintained as it should be.