Turning a Blind Eye on Blinds Could Cost $$$ and Lives…

blindsLandlords who supply corded window furnishings in rental properties must comply with Mandatory Product Standards designed to reduce the risk of strangulation of infants and young children.

The legislation is part of The Australian Consumer Law which came into effect on 1 January 2011 and incorporates The Trade Practices Act.

Any corded window covering such as Vertical Blinds, Venetian Blinds, Holland Blinds, Roman Blinds and Curtains and any fitting containing cords, such as Curtain Rods and Tracks must comply.

If your window coverings have cords they must have:

  • A Warning Label on each cord
  • A Child Safety Device, and
  • Installation and Child Safety Instructions

Failure to comply may expose you to severe penalties and may also be a breach of your duty of care to provide safe products in the home, which also exposes you to the risk of litigation which your insurance may not cover.

If your window coverings were installed before 1 July 2011 they may not comply and may also be in breach of your duty of care to provide safe products in the home, exposing you to the risk of litigation. If you think that your window furnishings do not comply, then contact Your Property Manager who can arrange for a specialist compliance inspection and retrofit of window coverings to make the home safe and put your mind at ease.

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2 Responses to Turning a Blind Eye on Blinds Could Cost $$$ and Lives…

  1. Laraine Jerrett June 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Dear Christina,
    Does the window furnishing laws apply in NSW,for rentals,also what about the cleanliness of carpets when moving into a rental in NSW.

  2. Laraine Jerrett June 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Dear Christina ,I have another question,how can I find out water charges on rentals?
    This for QLD rentals, I am leaving my present rental in QLD in July & want to pay my water bill on leaving day ,as I am going back to NSW ,because of medical & want to go home to my home town.
    I would like to finalise every thing before I leave so real estates do not hold my bond up,by a water bill needing to be paid. I am an aged pensioner relying on my pension ,only income & need my rental bond to be released the day I am leaving which will be inspection day also.
    Thank you Laraine Jerrett

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