Healthy Rental Homes

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Janine Gartner

Everyone would like a healthy home, but if you have  a rental property who’s responsible for keeping your rental home in a good condition? It is the responsibility of both the landlord and tenant to ensure that the rental property is healthy.  Here are a few tips on how to work together to ensure that the property is healthy and stays healthy.

Warm House, Cool Landlord

A warmer home is healthier for tenants.  It’s important to be aware of how a home will perform in the colder months.  Insulation is a good sign that a rental property will be warmer, drier and easier to heat.  As of 1 July 2019 insulation will be compulsory in all rental homes and landlords need to provide the tenants with a insulation certificate with any tenancy agreements.

Smoke Alarms

Working smoke alarms or detectors are compulsory in all rental homes and must be installed within 3 meters of each bedroom door, or in every room where a person sleeps.  It is up to the landlord to ensure that all smoke alarms are working.

Mould and Dampness

All houses must be in a reasonable state of cleanliness before being rented out.  This includes being free from mould and dampness.  Tenants should try to keep their house in a condition that doesn’t encourage mould and damp. This includes keeping the house well aired, and removing mould as soon as it appears.

Regular Maintenance

If something gets damaged in a rental property, or needs repairing, it’s important to know who’s responsible for fixing and paying for the problem. Landlords need to provide and maintain their rental properties in a reasonable state of repair.

This means making sure they’re safe and healthy to live in.  Regular property inspections are important and it gives the opportunity for landlords and tenants to keep in contact with each other and discuss any concerns.

   To find out more watch this video, you’ll see both tenants and landlords have a role to play.  Healthy Rental Homes