Easy ways to make your rental property safe and secure
July 9, 2020
Property Owners have an obligation to provide a safe home for their tenants.
The following are some safety topics for Landlords to discuss with their property managers:
No-one likes to think about break-ins, however, unfortunately, the possibility is something that needs to be considered. Break-ins can result in damage to an owner’s property (as well as loss of tenant’s belongings). Windows should be able to be properly secured and/or have appropriate security screens in place.
In addition to the possibility of break-ins, there is also the issue of window safety and accidental falls. Balcony windows and windows above ground level should be audited for safety and, if necessary, appropriate safety measures should be installed – eg security screens.
Entry point locks must be in good working order at the time of handover of a property to a tenant.
In the event that there are electrical codes and/or devices used for entry these should be reset at exit and then re-issued to any new tenant.
Most landlords are aware that there is State Legislation regarding the issue of Smoke Alarms and rental properties.
In general, smoke alarms must be tested as per state legislation to ensure that they are in working order. This must be carried out within 30 days of a new tenant moving in or a lease renewal.
Smoke Alarm Legislation s as it related to landlords in Queensland is noted here: https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/community-safety/smokealarms/Pages/Landlords.aspx
Please note: In Queensland, if a property is not compliant by 1 January 2022, a landlord will not be legally able to rent their investment property.
Again, most landlords are aware that there is State Legislation regarding Pool Safety.
In Queensland, when you lease your home, you must obtain a Pool Safety Certificate before entering into the accommodation agreement.
This certificate indicates that your pool is compliant. The certificate is obtained from a licensed pool safety inspector.
This is something your property manager can arrange for you as necessary.
Queensland pool safety law fact sheet : https://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/6000/queenslandpoolsafetylawsfactsheet.pdf
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