A rental owner’s guide to property safety and security

Owning a rental property comes with an obligation to ensure that property remains safe and liveable throughout the duration of a rental agreement.

And in most states and territories there are specific rental laws which cover certain features of a home which are considered risk areas.

So, let’s walk through what these are and what you are required to do to ensure the safety, security and health of your rental property.

The laws change and can differ

First of all, we should point out that the laws vary depending on what state and territory your property is in.

They also alter and evolve over time. Your property manager is the best person to keep you abreast of what’s required in your rental property, but the following is a guide to areas which are worth keeping in mind.

Pool fencing

Throughout Australia, there are laws governing pool fencing to reduce the risk of accidental drowning.

These laws set out the specific height of the pool fence, including how high it is from the ground, the maximum width of gaps between palings or panels, and the type of closing mechanism that’s required for the pool gate.

In some states and territories, rental properties with a pool are required to undergo a regular pool safety inspection to ensure pool fencing remains up to standard and CPR signage is displayed.  

Smoke alarms

In most states and territories, there’s a requirement that smoke alarms are fitted inside rental properties.

These alarms must meet specific criteria and must also be tested and checked on a regular basis.

Blinds and curtains

Over the years, more and more states and territories have introduced laws around the installation of curtains and blinds.

These are designed to reduce the risk of children becoming entangled in blind and curtain cords.

The requirements include the cord being encased so it can’t be accessed or fixed so it does not swing freely, and warning labels.

Windows, decks and balconies

There may also be laws which apply to your property regarding windows, decks and balconies.

In properties which have multiple storeys or are located in high-rise buildings, some states have strict specifications for how wide the windows open or window protection that is required.

Decks, balconies, and stairs might also have to be maintained to a certain standard and there could specifications about the type and style of balustrading used.

More general items

In addition to laws or regulations which apply to specific features and areas of a property, there are some general health and safety guidelines which property owners should consider.

This includes taking action to reduce the likelihood of the property developing mould, which is considered a serious health hazard, and having any mould properly treated if it occurs.

Meanwhile, more general health and safety items also apply, such as reducing tripping hazards around a property, and ensuring all electrical work is up to par and undertaken by a licensed professional.

Your property manager can help

As we mentioned all the above can vary depending on where the property is located in Australia.

A good property manager will be fully abreast of all requirements that your specific property needs to meet and will walk you through any items that need to be addressed to ensure your property remains safe, healthy and secure.

How we can assist

Our experienced property managers pride themselves on establishing great relationships with both rental occupiers and owners.

We manage every property as if it were our own and you can learn more about our property management services here.

Alternatively, if you are looking to rent a property, you can view the properties we currently have available here.