Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Repairs Vital on Damaged Rental Homes

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Repairs Vital on Damaged Rental Homes

Article excerpt

LANDLORDS and tenants are being urged to work together to clean and repair rental properties damaged during the floods.

Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) general manager Fergus Smith said landlords were responsible for cleaning up the building itself, including fences, gardens and pools, while tenants were responsible for cleaning or removing their own possessions.

aLandlords need to ensure a property is fit to live in,a Mr Smith said.

aThat means taking care of the repairs and maintenance needed to bring the property back to a liveable condition. They also need to comply with health and safety laws.a

Where a property is partially damaged and the tenant continues to live there, the landlord will need to arrange entry to the premises for repairs.

Entry can be at any time by mutual agreement, or by serving an Entry Notice (Form 9).

If a property is partially damaged, the landlord and the tenant may negotiate an agreement to reduce the rent until the premises are returned to the condition it was in before the disaster. …

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