What all landlords should know about urgent repairs

What all landlords should know about urgent repairs

Coles Financial Services 22nd Oct 2015 in Landlord insurance

One of the most important things about being a landlord is getting your head around which home repairs are urgent, and which ones can be left a little longer.

This is often an area of disagreement between owners and tenants. While tenants understandably want things fixed urgently, some things don’t need to be fixed right away.

A good rule of thumb for urgent repairs is pretty much anything that involves safety, health or security.

Different states have a list of essential services that fall under the umbrella of urgent repairs such as hot water, electricity, gas, water leaks and sewerage.


VIC urgent repairs include
:

  • burst water service
  • blocked or broken toilet system
  • serious roof leak
  • gas leak
  • dangerous electrical fault
  • flooding or serious flood damage
  • serious storm or fire damage
  • failure or breakdown of any essential service or appliance provided by a landlord or agent for hot water, water, cooking, heating, or laundering
  • failure or breakdown of the gas, electricity or water supply
  • any fault or damage in the premises that makes the premises unsafe or unsecure
  • an appliance, fitting or fixture that is not working properly and causes a substantial amount of water to be wasted
  •  a serious fault in a lift or staircase

 

NSW urgent repairs include:

  • a failure or breakdown of the gas, electricity or water supply
  •  a failure or breakdown of any essential service for hot water, cooking, heating, cooling or laundering
  •  any fault or damage that makes the premises unsafe or insecure
  • serious damage from a natural disaster


TAS urgent repairs include
:

when essential services cease to function such as

  • water
  • sewerage
  • electricity
  • cooking stove and oven
  • hot water service
  • removal of grey water
  • any heating that came with the property
  • tap washers
  • inaccessible light globes

 

ACT urgent repairs include:

  • a burst water service
  • a blocked or broken lavatory system
  • a serious roof leak
  • a gas leak
  •  dangerous electrical fault
  • flooding or serious flood damage
  • serious storm or fire damage
  • a failure of gas, electricity or water supply to the premises
  • the failure of a refrigerator supplied with the premises
  • the failure or breakdown of any service essential for hot water, cooking, heating or laundering
  • a fault or damage that causes the premises to be unsafe or insecure
  • a fault or damage likely to cause injury to person or property
  • a serious fault in any door, staircase, lift or other common area which inhibits or unduly inconveniences the tenant in gaining access to or use of the premises

 

SA urgent repairs include:

  • a burst water pipe
  • gas leak
  • dangerous electrical fault


QLD urgent repairs include
:

  • a burst water service or a serious water service leak
  • a blocked or broken toilet
  • a serious roof leak
  • a gas leak
  • a dangerous electrical fault
  • flooding or serious flood damage
  • serious storm, fire or impact damage
  • a failure or breakdown of the gas, electricity or water supply to the property
  • a failure or breakdown of an essential service or hot water, cooking or heating appliance
  • a fault or damage that makes the property unsafe or insecure • a fault or damage likely to injure a person, damage property or unduly inconvenience a resident of the property
  • a serious fault in a staircase, lift or other common area or premises that unduly inconveniences a resident in gaining access to, or using, the property


WA urgent repairs include
:

  • a burst water service
  • gas leaks
  • broken hot water system
  • sewerage leaks
  • dangerous electrical faults

 
NT urgent repairs include:

  • a burst water service
  • a blocked or broken toilet
  • a serious roof leak
  • a gas leak
  • a dangerous electrical fault
  • flooding or serious flood damage
  • serious storm or fire damage
  • a failure or breakdown of the gas, electricity or water supply to the premises
  • a failure or breakdown of any essential service on the premises for hot water, cooking, heating or laundering
  • any fault or damage that causes the premises to be unsafe or not secure

 

Make sure you check your state’s residential tenancy laws for the complete, up-to-date breakdown.


Information was correct as at 13 October 2015 and is provided for general information purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice. We encourage you to seek your own professional advice as appropriate.

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