It is important to meet and maintain the new safety standards and avoid penalty action from the Victorian Government. The new regulations for rental housing come into effect on January 1 2021.
Due to a large number of investment owners not undertaking these safety services when they were a recommendation, the Victorian Parliament passed a set of new reforms to ensure all Victorian homes are serviced in accordance with these safety standards.
Safety services have been strongly recommended to landlords for many years from governing bodies such as Consumer Affairs, Energy Safe Victoria, Victorian Building Authority and the MFB (now known as, Fire Rescue Victoria).
Failure to meet the new standards will result in heavy fines, public blacklisting on a Consumer Affairs non-compliance register as well as providing your insurer grounds to void your insurance policy should anything happen to your building or your tenants. “68A Residential rental provider’s duty to comply with safety-related repairs and maintenance requirements” - This section is a duty provision and a contravention of this section maybe dealt with as a breach of a duty under Part 5 and other provisions of this Act. Reference: Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018. Reference in details here
Your gas plumber will conduct gas checks, including servicing, inspection, and testing for carbon monoxide leaks on all gas appliances provided by you at the property. This includes but is not limited to, wall furnaces, ducted central heaters, gas water heaters, gas stovetops, gas ovens, and decorative log fires.