As a landlord, you must ensure your investment property meets the NSW Fit For Habitation Minimum Standards.
Significant changes to the NSW Residential Tenancies Act came into affect in March 2020 that have significant impacts on the obligations of landlords in NSW. All rental properties must now meet the following seven minimum standards at the start and throughout the tenancy to be considered fit for habitation.
- The property must be structurally sound
- The property must have adequate natural or artificial lighting
- The property must have adequate ventilation
- The property must be supplied with electricity or gas, as well as having an adequate number of electricity or gas outlets for lighting, heating and appliances
- The property must have adequate plumbing and drainage
- The property must be connected to a water supply for access to hot/cold water for drinking, washing and cleaning
- The property must contain bathroom facilities, including toilet and washing facilities, which must protect user privacy
The PropertySafe Fit for Habitation report will check for compliance against each standard, as well as provide any high risk life threatening observations.
Optional gas and electrical safety checks are offered which are carried out by licensed tradespeople. These additional inspections can be arranged at the same time so there is minimal impact on the resident.
The gas safety check ensures that fixed gas appliances have been installed correctly and appropriately maintained. Testing on the gas installations for leakage and service gas appliances is also conducted. The electrical safety check is a combination of visual inspection and limited testing of the electrical installation to verify that the installation is in good repair and shows no signs of misuse or damage.
Once you order a PropertySafe Fit for Habitation report, one of our inspectors will be in contact within 5 business days to arrange an inspection time that suits you.