Window Locks In Rental Property: A National Concern
Each year, around 50 children fall from windows or balconies in Australia, which is almost one a week. Many suffer serious injuries and sometimes these falls are fatal. Children aged between one and five are most at risk as they are too young to judge the potential danger. With this in mind, it is important for landlords to be aware of window locks in rental property when considering presenting your property in a safe condition for the tenants to reside.
Legislation states that landlords must provide and maintain locks necessary to ensure that the property is reasonably secure which means that while this does not mean having to install keyed window locks to every window, it does mean that all openable windows are fitted with latches, closers or locks. Even thought it is not a legal requirement for landlords to provide window locks, The Property Exchange strongly recommends that every property has these installed to protect you in times of potential litigation should there be an injury. This small, tax-deductible expense can save lives.
If you would like our agency to organise this on your behalf, please feel welcome to contact our property management department.
Do you know what the other minimum security requirements are for your rental property?