Safety switches a must in all rentals
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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.