Electrical Safety & Compliance obligations have significantly increased for Victorian owners as the draft changes to the Residential Tenancy Act 1997 (Vic) became law on March 29, 2021
As an owner, you have a duty of care to your renters that, under the new changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic), shall include completing regular safety checks of various services including gas and electrical services at your property by a properly qualified professional.
The new changes include the following obligations:
- The owner must ensure an electrical safety check of all electrical appliances, installations and fittings is conducted every 2 years by a licensed or registered electrician;
- The owner must provide the renter with the date of the most recent safety check upon request; and
- If an electrical safety check has not been conducted within the last 2 years the owner must arrange one as soon as practicable upon a renter occupying the premises.
A record of an electrical safety check must include the following information:
- The name of the licensed or registered electrician who conducted the check including the licence or registration number
- The date the check was conducted
- The results of the check, including any repairs that were required and actions taken to address the repair
- A report prepared in accordance with section 2 of AS/NZS 3019
- The record must be kept until a record is available for the next electrical check
- A copy of the most recent electrical safety check must be provided to the renter within 7 days of a written request from the renter
For more information see the authorised Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021
The advice provided in these guidelines is of a general nature only and is a summary of the main legislation and regulations affecting electrical safety in the relevant states described. It is not to be treated as a comprehensive appraisal of all electrical safety legislation and regulations in force. This advice does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. The advice is a summary of guidelines published by state and territory government websites. Accordingly, we have relied on the accuracy of the content published by the relevant websites in compiling this advice. You should seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content.