What & When To Repair? 8 Top Tips For Property Owners Revealed

What we have found is that tak­ing on these basic, inex­pens­ive improve­ments, will help your property stand out from the crowd in a difficult mar­ket if you decide to rent it out or sell.

In recent years, our State Gov­ern­ments have set up more res­id­en­tial ten­ancy author­it­ies to assist with the rights of both the land­lord and the tenant.

When it comes to repairs,  you will need to respond to urgent repairs without delay.


If you do noth­ing, your ten­ant has the right to order for these repairs to be done up to the value of $1000 at your expense.

If you are unsure of what is an “urgent repair”, con­sult your prop­erty man­ager or Con­sumer, Trader & Ten­ancy Tribunal office.

Non-urgent repairs must be done within 14 days, but I would recom­mend you do it ASAP. If non-urgent repairs are not looked after, your ten­ant may apply to the Tribunal for an inspec­tion and sub­sequent report.

After 60 days, the ten­ant can apply to the Tribunal for a repair order. Sounds like good motiv­a­tion to stay involved!

Even though they may feel like it, legis­la­tion pre­vents ten­ants from with­hold­ing rent while wait­ing for repairs to be done.

What are the Landlord’s Responsibilities?

They are simply sum­mar­ised as follows:

  • Under­tak­ing repairs to ensure prop­er­ties are safe, secure, clean and fit to live in
  • Main­tain­ing prop­er­ties in reas­on­able repair

What are the Tenant’s Responsibilities?

They can be sum­mar­ised as follows:

  • Keep­ing the premises clean
  • Any dam­age caused by him/her, mem­bers of his/her house­hold or people he/she allows on the premises
  • Noti­fy­ing the Agent of any dam­age ASAP and doing what they can to avoid any fur­ther damage
  • Leav­ing the premises in the same con­di­tion (as set out in the prop­erty con­di­tion report com­pleted at sign-up) at the end of his/her ten­ancy, except­ing reas­on­able wear and tear.
  • When a prop­erty gets dam­aged, such as in a nat­ural event like a storm or fire, or an unsafe situ­ation arises, such as a large over­hanging tree limb that may pose a danger, the ten­ant should ensure his/her per­sonal safety.
    The ten­ant should do what he/she can to avoid fur­ther dam­age and con­tact us to organ­ise repairs.

To pre­vent all of this get­ting this far we have provided you Lifespan Prop­erty Guidelines.

Lifespan Prop­erty Main­ten­ance Guidelines

  • Paint­ing (internal) – 5 yearspaint renovate decorate design
  • Paint­ing (exter­ior) – varying
  • Hot water sys­tem – every 7 years
  • Oven – every 10 years
  • Bath­room renov­a­tion – every 20 years
  • Kit­chen renov­a­tion – 10 – 15 years
  • Repla­cing floor cov­er­ings includ­ing car­pets – every 7–10 years
  • If the prop­erty has a smoke alarm, ensure it is work­ing – have it checked annually.
  • For houses – struc­tural checks includ­ing safety of bal­conies, ver­an­das and roofs – annually
  • Clean gut­ters – check annually
  • Pest inspec­tions – check annually
  • Swim­ming pool – check fil­tra­tion equip­ment – annually
  • Elec­trical wir­ing – check every 2–3 years

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Jhai is the Internet Marketing Business Development Manager for Elders Toongabbie and Kings Langley. He has been consistently quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald and Real Estate Business online. Visit his blog at www.realestatesevenhillsnews.com.au

'What & When To Repair? 8 Top Tips For Property Owners Revealed' have 2 comments

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    January 16, 2015 Em

    Helpful article, thanQ!
    Referring to the “Lifespan Property Maintenance” list, do you think that attending to these items at or after the minimum period could then be considered a tax deduction in the year undertaken rather than a capital expense?


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