Property Managers are some of our favourite clients for many reasons. We love to build long term relationships with them and their teams so we can be across the diverse needs of their clients – the landlords of the properties they manage and the tenants who rent them.
In Perth the property experts are telling us that things are shifting for the better so as well as an increase in buyers we could see an increase in properties coming onto the rental market and being managed by Perths best property management teams.
When it comes to maintaining plumbing in a property there are often uncertainties from a tenant and landlord perspective as to who holds responsibility for things.
We recently found a great article at rent.com.au that addresses the ins and outs of responsibility for plumbing maintenance and repairs.
Below are the key points we wanted to share with you;
- When a tenant takes on a lease they also take on the responsibility for general care and maintenance of items in the property, including plumbing related fittings and fixtures
- The landlord is responsible for ensuring the property is safe
- When a tenancy agreement is in place the respobsibility for the property is shared
With this in mind it is easy to see how there can be some grey areas with regards to who is responsible for maintenance and repairs.
Responsibilities will generally be defined in the Residential Tenancy Agreement signed by both parties.
Where it becomes the landlords responsibility in many cases is when there is an emergency. The Residential Tenancy Act states things such as the following list can be deemed as emergency problems;
- A burst water service or serious water service leak
- Broken or blocked toilet systems
- A gas leak
- A serious roof leak
- Serious storm, fire or impact damage
- Burst water pipes
- Broken hot water heater
However a leaking tap would not be seen as an emergency.
If in doubt the first step would be to give your Perth Property Manager a call to ask for their support. If needs be get them to give us a call and we cal help to get any plumbing or gas related issues addressed quickly so both landlord and tenant can get back to living life and not worrying about their plumbing or gas related issues.
As one of Perth's premier plumbing companies we work proactively with Property Management and Strata Management teams and private landlords to implement maintenance systems to help address issues before they arise. If you'd like to find out more give Andy a call and he can arrange a time to meet with you and discuss your needs.
If you're in need of a Plumber of Gas Fitter we would be delighted to be of assistance.
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