Since March 1st 2008 there has been a requirement in Queensland legislation for all rental properties to have a safety switch installed to the power circuit. The Queensland Government has been reviewing laws with the possibility of extending the obligations to include not only the power circuit but also the lighting circuit. More information will be provided to our clients once it comes to hand.
Section 185 of theResidential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2009 (Qld) requires lessor’s to ensure that the rental property is safe and fit to live in. This provision is broadly interpreted to include the provision of safety switches being checked on a regular basis to ensure that they are in sound working order.
Our agency strongly recommends that our lessors have their safety switches checked at least once a year to ensure that they’re in sound working order. We recommend that the safety switch in your investment property is checked at least twice a year to ensure that they are in sound working order and effective.
If you’d like our agency to organise an electrical safety check on your investment property, please provide written instructions to our agency. Only an electrician can verify that a safety switch is installed and in sound working order.