Landlord Responsibilities and Obligations

Common law dictates that landlords have a duty to guarantee the safety of rented property and its contents. Of utmost importance is that no injury or damage is caused to the tenants, neighbors or public as a direct result of the landlord neglecting his/her responsibilities.

In addition to common law there are regulations specific to rental properties – these fall under the landlord responsibilities and must be followed to the letter.

Landlord responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining the structure and exterior of the house
  • Ensuring all ‘installations’ are working, such as gas, electricity and heating
  • Installation and appliance maintenance and safety. Please note: only applies to landlord-owned appliances
  • Treat potentially health-threatening issues such as rising damp
  • Anything else that’s stipulated in the tenancy agreement

In addition to these, to find out more about property management in general, please visit Consumer Affairs Victoria website

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