Residential Tenancy Act – Legislated changes for gas appliance safety checking

Gas Appliance Safety Checks | Tomlinson Plumbing | Geelong | Torquay | Barwon Heads | Ocean Grove

Are you a Landlord?

There are legislated changes for gas appliance safety checking under the Residential Tenancy Act.

So, what do these changes mean for your investment property?

Rather than just a recommendation, it is now legislated that all gas appliances and the gas fitting line to the property, be serviced and safety checked every two years by a licensed or registered gasfitter who is endorsed to service Type A gas appliances.

The new legalisation takes effect on Monday 29th March, 2021, but don’t panic, it doesn’t mean you have to get everything checked before then. There just wouldn’t be enough gasfitters in the state to get to every rental property within the next few days!

Here’s a brief summary:

*Rental providers who enter into a new agreement on or after 29 March 2021, or have a fixed term agreement of more than five years, which rolls over into a periodic tenancy on or after 29 March 2021, must undertake gas & electrical safety checks.

*If a gas safety check has not been conducted within the last two years at the time the renter occupies the premises, the rental provider must arrange a gas safety check as soon as practicable.

*please refer to Consumer Affairs for full details

Then, it’s every two years going forward.

Tomlinson Plumbing is fully compliant and appropriately licensed for the new legislated changes. We’re Master Plumbers and gas specialists, so if we can help with your safety checks / appliance servicing, please get in touch.

And remember to check the back of your attending plumber’s licence to make sure they have a tick next to Type A Gas Appliance Servicing (they can’t work off their boss’ licence for this category of plumbing).