Safety switches a must in all rentals

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Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

SINCE early 2008, all res­i­den­tial rental prop­er­ties where a res­i­den­tial ten­ancy agree­ment is in place have been legally re­quired to have safety switches in­stalled.

Un­der the Elec­tri­cal Safety Amend­ment Reg­u­la­tion (No.1) of 2006, land­lords of res­i­den­tial rental prop­er­ties are re­quired to in­stall safety switches in their rental premises.

The leg­is­la­tion has two dis­tinct cat­e­gories for homes built be­fore and af­ter 1992.

For homes built af­ter 1992 it has been a legal re­quire­ment to have safety switches in­stalled on power and light­ing cir­cuits.

For homes built be­fore 1992, as of March 1, 2006, the law re­quired land­lords to in­stall a safety switch to the power cir­cuit of the rental prop­erty.

The safety switch was re­quired to be in­stalled ei­ther within six months of a res­i­den­tial ten­ancy agree­ment be­ing en­tered into (in­clud­ing any re­newals), or by Fe­bru­ary 29, 2008 (whichever came sooner).

From March 1, 2008, own­ers of leased do­mes­tic res­i­dences were re­quired to have a safety switch in­stalled for the power cir­cuit of the res­i­dence af­ter a res­i­den­tial ten­ancy agree­ment had been en­tered into.

This also ap­plies to pe­ri­odic ten­an­cies which are not up­dated.

PHOTO: CHRISSY HAR­RIS

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