New Gas Safety & Compliance Obligations for Landlords & Rentals in Victoria

New Gas Safety & Compliance Obligations for Landlords & Rentals in Victoria

As a Landlord, you have a duty of care to your tenants that, under the proposed 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.

A gas safety check is more than just a carbon monoxide test and is not just an appliance service. A gas safety check includes the service and testing of all gas installations and fittings within the property.

Under the new regulations, effective 29 March 2021:
  • The rental provider must ensure a gas safety check of all gas installations and fittings is conducted every 2 years by a licensed or registered gasfitter. (The gasfitter will require a license/registration for ‘Type A Servicing’)
  • The rental provider must provide the renter with the date of the most recent safety check upon request
  • If a gas safety check has not been conducted within the last 2 years the rental provider must arrange one as soon as practicable upon a renter occupying the premises.
A record of a gas safety check must include the following information:
  • The name of the licensed or registered gasfitter who conducted the check
  • The licence or registration number of the licensed or registered gasfitter who conducted the check
  • The date the check was conducted
  • The results of the check, including any repairs that were required and actions taken to address the repair