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As a tenant, it’s important to understand what constitutes an urgent and non-urgent repair.
Knowing whether your request is urgent or not and what you can do could potentially be very beneficial to you during your time as a tenant.
It is important to note that with any urgent or emergency repairs, it is vital to notify the landlord or property manager right away.
It is also important to know that regulations do vary between states though.
According to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, urgent repairs for rental properties are:
If a tenant or resident makes a request for urgent repairs, the landlord must respond immediately and have them conducted as quickly as possible.
Consumer Affairs Victoria states that a non-urgent repair in Victoria can be defined as anything that isn’t defined as an urgent repair.
It is the landlord's responsibility to maintain the rented property in good repair over its lifespan.
If a tenant or resident requests non-urgent repairs, the landlord must respond in a prompt fashion.
While all repairs are the landlord's responsibility, if the tenant or resident caused the damage, the landlord is allowed to request they sort out and potentially pay for the repairs.
Tenants and residents must continue paying rent while they wait for repairs to be conducted.
It is important any communication between the two parties about repairs are made in writing for future record.
Urgent repairs in NSW are defined similarly to Victoria. They are:
If the repair is not considered to be urgent, make a request in writing and request when you would like them completed by.
The NSW Fair Trading websites lists the following that tenants are considered to be responsible for the following:
Once again, what the Residential Tenancies Authority in Queensland defines as an emergency (urgent equivalent) is very similar to New South Wales and Victoria. They are:
A serious fault in a staircase, lift or other common area of the property that unduly inconveniences a tenant in gaining access to, or using, the property.
For routine repairs, your best course of action is to inform the person managing the property of any required repairs in writing.
Timeframes will generally vary depending on the nature of the repair request.
Tenants should never carry out any repairs on the property unless they receive written permission from the property manager or owner.
Be in the know
Understanding your rights as a tenant is a mainstay of renting life. Be aware of the laws that govern you and look for any updates that may come about through law changes.
At Little Real Estate, our property managers strive to have a comprehensive understanding all things property, whether tenant or investor related. Contact us today for any inquiries you have about the property market.
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