2021 Victorian Rental Reforms - FAQ Guide - Page 13

SAFETY-RELATED ACTIVITIES

SAFETY-RELATED ACTIVITIES

Question Answer
Tradies will be booked up with these jobs - is there any leniency awarded if there is a delay ?
Yes , we expect that the wording of the legislation and regulations allows for a ‘ practicable ’ period to have works completed . Consumer Affairs Victoria will provide more definition . You should , however , factor this in and commence working with tradespeople as soon as possible .
I ’ ve already paid for safetyrelated checks - this isn ’ t new ?
It ’ s been recommended to ensure all properties are safe - now the law says these checks must be done ( previously , they were optional ).
My property only has an external gas hot water service - do I need to get this checked ?
This gas safety-related requirement only applies if the rented premises contains any appliances , fixtures or fittings which use or supply gas . In this case , you would need to ensure your gas appliance is tested .
What if your property has a caretaker and owners corporation that looks after the buildings in the complex ?
Owners corporations will look after the common areas , but not inside the rental property . As a property owner , you are responsible for ensuring the safety of the occupants inside your property .
Does “ every two years ” for a check commence from now ? If I have never had one , do I need to do one immediately ?
If your property is required by law to have a safety compliance check , the renter can request to see the safety certificates at any time with seven days notice , and the owner must do so as soon as possible . This means the property owner needs to demonstrate that all steps have been taken to arrange these checks as soon as possible .
Will Ray White work with their electricians and plumbers to provide an annual package for : - smoke alarm safety checks at least once every 12 monthsgas and electrical safety checks every two years ?
Yes - please speak with your local Ray White office about their preferred local tradespeople .