Here are some changes that are important to you as property owner and if you are, or intend to become a landlord. We would like to take this opportunity to advise you information about the new legislations and work closer with the experts behind the scene to assist you get through this transition period.
In November 2019, the Victorian state government released a draft of proposed changes to the Residential Tenancy Regulations (Vic), due to come into effect on 29 March 2021.
The proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020 contain supporting details about the changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. They are based on feedback the Victorian Community gave during the Fairer Safer Housing Consultation. The changes will impact landlord and property managers’ obligations around smoke alarms and add new obligations to carry out mandatory gas and electrical safety checks.
A smoke alarm safety service will be a mandatory requirement every year. – This means for each property; smoke alarms need to be installed correctly and be in working condition according to the Building Code. Smoke alarm must be tested at least once every 12 months by a suitably qualified tradesperson. A non-working smoke alarm will be classified as an urgent repair if renter notifies the agent/rental provider.
A gas safety service will be a mandatory requirement at least once every 2 years. The safety service must be carried out by a licensed or registered gas fitter; the reference to all gas installations and fittings means that “Type A” licensed gas fitters will be required to service appliances as part of these checks. ESV has indicated that pressure tests of the main line will also be required.
An electrical safety service will be a mandatory requirement at least once every 2 years. The safety service must be carried out by a licensed or registered electrician in respect of all electrical installations, fittings and appliances.
What does this mean to the Landlord?
Under the new regulations, renters will have the right to request the date of the last safety service for both gas and electrical. There will be an obligation to complete a service ‘as soon as practicable’ when a new renter moves into a property that hasn’t had a check for 2 years or more.
This will become a critical task to all the landlords, to meet the obligation around services also keeping proper records as support documents.
The world is rapidly changing, and we are working with you to move early to schedule. We consulted with couples of service providers recently and while some have urged us to sign an exclusive agreement with them, we felt it is our landlord’s choice to select a service provider of their own – now that you’re able to make an informed decision.
If you have chosen, or already have your preferred service provider, please drop us a line to, firstname.lastname@example.org with their contact details, we will make contact with them and lock in the service for you.