How Safe Does Your Property Have To Be?
We have had several cases over the past couple of months in Seven Hills NSW where tenants with young children have moved into a two-storey property to then discover that there are no security screens or screens at all on the second-level windows.
One tenant reported that their two year old was climbing on the toilet cistern and trying to escape from the window.
This leads to the question of, should the property owner be responsible to install screens?
While the Tenancy Act does not clearly state that you must install screens to the property – common law and the requirements of duty of care would suggest that the owner should put in screens to the property.
When owning a property you have a duty of care to ensure that the property is fit and safe for the tenant to reside.
If there is potential risk for injury on a property it must be addressed.
The fact that a tenant has raised the risk should also send alarm bells to act quickly.
You cannot refer back to an agreement or tenant application that states that the tenant accepted
the property in its current condition.
During the tenant selection process of renting a property it is important to take safety matters into consideration, especially when young children are involved.
For example – the following features of a property may not be suitable for small children:
- Open access to a main road
- Canal or waterfront properties with no fencing (it is not a legislated requirement to have these areas fenced)
- Properties that are not fenced
- Windows that do not have screens
If you have any current concerns about your property, please feel welcome to contact our office on 02 9896 2333
INVESTMENT TIP: A COMMON MISTAKE: FEAR
Fear in others is an opportunity for you. It has been an ideal period for investors. A climate of fear is an investor’s best friend. Those who invest only when commentators are upbeat end up paying a heavy price for meaningless reassurance.
Keep your head about you when others decide with fear and you will find value at every turn. From the common market thrashing over quarterly earnings to the small business owner who just wants to get out, learn to smell fear and welcome it as an opportunity.
The irrational fear of the herd is a dear friend to the value-minded investor. When everybody else stampedes, quickly work through your own fear and get back to business.
About Jhai Mitchell
Jhai is an award winning Internet Marketing Real Estate Agent for Elders Toongabbie and Kings Langley. After running his own internet marketing business he has now set his own sites for the real estate industry. He observed that 90% of real estate agents did not know how to market themselves online. Jhai is now fixed on one goal. To teach real estate agents that they can market online so much better than they currently are.
Since then he has been consistently quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald and Real Estate Business online. He is a regular guest blogger on TheHomePage.com.au, sharing his expertise of marketing aspects for the Real Estate Industry. His biggest passions are his wife, martial arts, dogs and most of all property.