Victoria Gas Safety Legislation and Compliance 2021
As of March 29, 2021, gas safety and compliance obligations will change for landlords in Victoria. It will be an upgrade to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. What this means for you as a landlord is that you now have a responsibility to your tenants to ensure a gas safety check is conducted every two years on gas appliances by a Licensed gas fitter with a Type A Servicing License at your rental property or properties. This gas safety check involves servicing and testing all gas installations and fittings within a property. Failure to have a gas safety check conducted can result in possible penalties.
Importance of Proper Accreditation to do Gas Safety Checks
Did you know that only 10% of Victorian plumbers have the correct accreditation to be completing these gas safety checks? There is only around 1600 correctly qualified gas fitters in Victoria who can do these checks. That’s not much in a state with around 500,000 rental properties. If you’re not careful and don’t do your research, you could fall prey to using an unlicensed and unqualified plumber without the correct accreditation. Avoid this at all costs! Its dangerous and ends up costing you more money in the long run. Always go through a fully licensed and accredited plumber. Do some additional research on the company to see what type of work culture they have.
Landlord Responsibilities with Gas Appliances in Victoria
Use the following points as a checklist for what your responsibilities are as a landlord in Victoria when it comes to the servicing of gas appliances at your rental property:
- Ensure tenants are provided with a copy of the manufacturers’ instructions of gas appliances
- Ensure only a licensed gasfitter performs gas fitting work
- Ensure all gas appliances are safe to use before letting or re-letting a property
- Ensure all appliances, pipework and flue systems are installed and maintained properly
- Ensure all pipes are properly sealed if appliances are removed
- Ensure all gas safety checks and details of work done on gas installations are recorded
- Ensure all certificates of compliance are obtained when required
- Ensure the tenant/s are told upon request the most recent safety check conducted
- Ensure that if a gas safety check hasn’t been conducted within the last 2 years that you arrange for one before renting out a property
- Ensure you contact your real estate agent or even a qualified gasfitter to find out more information
What are the Dangers of Gas Appliances?
Too many people across Australia unfortunately still don’t realise the dangers that faulty or poorly maintained gas appliances like heaters and stoves can pose. They can leak carbon monoxide in the air, which is hard to detect as its tasteless, colourless, and odourless. This can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning which is very serious and can even cause death. Landlords, real estate agents and tenants should all work together to minimise the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Getting a gas safety check conducted at least every two years by a licensed gas fitter will give you much peace of mind.
Fixing an Urgent Gas Leak at a Rental Property
Sometimes an urgent gas leak can occur at a rental property and it must be addressed immediately. It poses a danger and can’t be delayed. A landlord or at least an agent should respond immediately. If for some reason they cannot be reached or contacted, the tenant/s can authorise and pay for an urgent repair of up to $1800 in Victoria. The landlord must then reimburse the money.
Have peace of mind and be a responsible landlord by arranging for a gas safety check at your rental property/s today. Just Contact our friendly team at Melbourne Gas Group and we’ll make it happen for you ASAP.