RTA COVID Amendments

The start date of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 has been delayed due to coronavirus (COVID-19), with the amendments to be introduced by 29 March 2021 

PART C—SAFETY-RELATED ACTIVITIES 

14. Electrical safety checks

(a) The rental provider must ensure an electrical safety check of all electrical installations, fittings and appliances provided by a rental provider in the rented premises is conducted every 2 years by a licensed or registered electrician and must provide the renter with the date of the most recent safety check on request of the renter.

(b) If an electrical safety check of the rented premises has not been conducted within the last 2 years at the time the renter occupies the premises, the rental provider must arrange an electrical safety check as soon as practicable.  

15. Gas safety activities 

This safety-related activity only applies if the rented premises contain any appliances, fixtures or fittings which use or supply gas.  

(a) The rental provider must ensure that a gas safety check of all gas installations and fittings in the rented premises is conducted every 2 years by a licensed or registered gasfitter and must provide the renter with the date of the most recent safety check on request of the renter.

(b) If a gas safety check has not been conducted within the last 2 years at the time the renter occupies the premises, the rental provider must arrange a gas safety check as soon as practicable.

16.     Smoke alarm safety activities 

(a) The rental provider must ensure that: 

i. any smoke alarm is correctly installed and in working condition; and

ii. any smoke alarm is tested according to the manufacturer’s instructions at least once every 12 months; and

iii. the batteries in each smoke alarm are replaced as required. 

(b) The rental provider must immediately arrange for a smoke alarm to be repaired or replaced as an urgent repair if they are notified by the renter that it is not in working order. 

(c) The rental provider, on or before the occupation day, must provide the renter with the following information in writing: 

i. information about how each smoke alarm in the rented premises works;

ii. information about how to test each smoke alarm in the rented premises;

iii. information about the renter’s obligations to not tamper with any smoke alarms and to report if a smoke alarm in the rented premises is not in working order.

(d) The renter must give written notice to the rental provider as soon as practicable after becoming aware that a smoke alarm in the rented premises is not in working order. 

Note: Regulations made under the Building Act 1993 require smoke alarms to be installed in all residential buildings. 

  1.     Carbon monoxide alarm safety activities

This safety-related activity only applies if the rented premises  contains any appliances, fixtures or fittings which use or supply gas.

(a) The rental provider must ensure that:

i. any carbon monoxide alarm is correctly installed and in working condition; and

ii. any carbon monoxide alarm is tested according to the manufacturer’s instructions at least once every two years; and

iii. the batteries in each carbon monoxide alarm are replaced as required. 

(b) The rental provider must immediately arrange for a carbon monoxide alarm to be repaired or replaced as an urgent repair if they are notified by the renter that it is not in working order. 

(c) The rental provider, on or before the occupation day, must provide the renter with the following information in writing: 

i. information about how each carbon monoxide alarm in the rented premises works;

ii. information about how to test each carbon monoxide alarm in the rented premises; and

iii. information about the renter’s obligations to not tamper with any carbon monoxide alarms and to report if a carbon monoxide alarm in the rented premises is not in working order.

(d) The renter must give written notice to the rental provider as soon as practicable after becoming aware that a carbon monoxide alarm in the rented premises is not in working order.

about-us-longview-is-a-real-estate-agency-and-property-advisory-firm-founded-by-property-investors-for-property-investors-longview-real-estate