Servicing Your Gas Appliances!

Gas appliances, such as heaters and stoves, should be properly maintained by a licensed gas fitter. If not, they may pose a health risk through carbon monoxide poisoning.

Landlords/agents and tenants should work together to ensure that a safety check is done at agreed intervals. Energy Safe Victoria recommends gas appliances be serviced at least every two years.

Landlords’ responsibilities

Under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, a landlord must ensure rented premises are maintained in good repair. Good repair includes all appliances provided by the landlord. These appliances must be safe to use and properly maintained.

Landlords should ensure that:

  • tenants are provided with a copy of the manufacturers’ instructions only a licensed gasfitter performs gasfitting work
  • all appliances are safe for use before letting or re-letting a property
  • all appliances, pipework and flue systems are installed and maintained correctly
  • pipes are correctly sealed if appliances are removed
  • all safety checks and details of work done on gas installations are recorded and certificates of compliance obtained when required

For more information please visit http://www.esv.vic.gov.au/For-Consumers/Gas-and-electrical-safety-in-the-home/Gas-safety-in-the-home/Landlord-and-property-manager-responsibilities