The recently changed Residential Tenancy Regulations have made it mandatory for landlords to conduct regular gas and electric safety checks on their rental properties. Gas and electric safety checks must be done at least every 2 years and smoke alarms must be tested annually.
Landlords need to act now to comply with the changes in these laws. Failure to comply with the legislation can attract penalties. At First Call Electrical, we can help you meet your legal obligations. Book an electrical safety check and smoke alarm check with us today.
Smoke alarms should be installed in all houses, units, flats and townhouses. All buildings constructed after 1st August 1997 must have hard-wired smoke alarms.
For a high level of protection, interconnected smoke alarms should be installed in living rooms, hallways and bedrooms. In case a fire starts in one room, the smoke alarm in that room will be activated and trigger all the smoke alarms in the house.
Smoke alarms should be installed or repaired by a qualified electrician. It is the responsibility of the rental provider to ensure the work is carried out by an accredited electrician.
In addition to the annual smoke alarm maintenance, an electrical safety check is mandatory on all landlord-provided electrical appliances, fittings and installations as per the new legislation. The safety check must be carried out every 2 years by a licensed electrician. A detailed record must be kept which includes:
If not done within the last 2 years, an electrical safety check is required as soon as possible. Renters can request the date of the last electrical safety check and a copy of the record should be provided within 7 days of the written request.
Request a smoke alarm check-in with one of our licenced electricians at 1300 016 671 or complete our quick online electrician booking request today. Let our reliable Melbourne electricians take care of your property and help you meet your obligations.