Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018: Door & Window Locks.
This is the fourth post in our series regarding the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 which will come into effect on or before 1stJuly 2020.
Whilst it has always been the case that a property is able to be secured, so as a minimum a lock to an external door and windows that when closed under normal use require opening from inside, the amendments now require that all external doors capable of being fitted with a deadlock are fitted with a deadlock, and all windows that are capable of having a lock fitted must have a lock.
There are limited exceptions to this requirement, most notably those doors that are protected by another locking door do not require a deadlock, for example, a front door that is protected by a screen security door may not require a deadlock.
Whilst these amendments may inflict an initial cost upon rental providers to bring their property up to the required security it will have longer term benefits. Safer, more secure housing will appeal to a wider range of renters, and will encourage more potential renters to apply for the property. Depending on your insurance company it may also allow for reduced insurance premiums. The simple act of greater security may also deter burglars from attempting to break in to your property which will avoid insurance claims and payment of the associated excess for damage caused to doors, door frames etc as a result of any break in.
Again, it is important as a residential rental provider that you appoint a competent agent to manage the property.
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