2021 Victorian Rental Reforms - FAQ Guide - Page 7

MINIMUM STANDARDS

MINIMUM STANDARDS

Question Answer
Do all properties need windows and door locks ?
Yes - as part of the minimum standards , all properties will need to be safe and secure from unwanted entry .
Do all bedrooms need windows ?
All bedrooms need natural or borrowed light . That means , if the room has access to an internal light-well ( for example , an apartment ), this is permitted . If the bedroom has no natural or borrowed light but it has artificial light ( for example , a standard light globe ), this does not meet the minimum standards .
How do I find out if my property meets the minimum standards ?
You can review the minimum standards on consumer . vic . gov . au and you can then determine if your property meets those standards . Alternatively , you may obtain a building inspection from a registered builder who can provide further information .
Do I need a registered plumber to do plumbing works at the property ?
Yes - all repairs and maintenance must be conducted by a suitable qualified tradesperson .
Do the minimum standards apply to current lease agreements ?
No - they only apply to new agreements after 29 March 2021 . However , we recommend that all properties should comply with minimum standards and safety-related activities as soon as possible in preparation .
What happens if there is mould in the property ?
Any mould caused by the building structure is the responsibility of the rental provider , and any mould caused by the renter is the responsibility of the renter . In the event of any mould , an investigation should be conducted to determine the cause of the mould , and then rectification works should be taken .