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In Victoria, minimum standards apply to rental agreements that started after 29 March 2021 AND started before 29 March 2021 and roll over into periodic agreements on or after the same mentioned date.

The minimum standards are divided into 14 categories and all rental properties must meet the standards for each category.

  1. Locks – the property’s external entry doors must have functioning deadlatches or be fitted with locks that can be unlocked with a key from the outside but can be unlocked without one from the inside.
  2. Bins – landlords must supply a vermin proof rubbish and recycling bin for the tenant to use.
  3. Toilet – a working toilet must be in a separate room in the property, either by itself, or in an appropriate room like a bathroom or in a combined bathroom-laundry. It must be connected to an approved sewage or wastewater system.
  4. Bathroom – a rental property’s bathroom must have a washbasin and a shower or bath and be connected to a reasonable supply of hot and cold water.
  5. Kitchen – the property must have a kitchen with a dedicated cooking and food preparation area, a working sink and a working stovetop with two or more burners. If it has an oven, this must work.
  6. Laundry – if the property has a laundry, it must be connected to hot and cold water.
  7. Structural soundness – the property must be structurally sound and weatherproof.
  8. Mould – the property must be entirely free from mould caused by (or related to) the building structure.
  9. Electrical safety – on 29 March 2023, the electrical safety rental minimum standard will commence. The electrical safety standard requires that rental properties must have modern style switchboards, with circuit breakers and electrical safety switches installed. Landlords are responsible for ensuring their rental property complies with the electrical safety standard by engaging a licensed or registered electrician.
  10. Window coverings – windows in rooms likely to be used as bedrooms or living areas must be fitted with curtains or blinds that can be closed, block light and provide privacy.
  11. Windows – all external windows in a rental property that can be opened must be lockable. They must also be able to be left open or closed.
  12. Lighting – inside rooms, corridors and hallways must have access to light to make the areas functional. NOTE: These requirements do not apply if the property is registered under the Heritage Act 2017 and has an approved exemption from the standard.
  13. Ventilation – the property must meet the appropriate ventilation requirements of the Building Code of Australia, which are different for different kinds of properties. You can search resources in the Australian Building Codes Board resources library.
  14. Heating – rental properties must have a fixed heater (not portable) in good working order in the main living area. From 29 March 2023, the heater must also meet energy efficiency standards.

In addition, legislation states that smoke alarms must be fitted, swimming pools must have a barrier (one that is maintained) and if the property is in a bushfire zone, the landlord must provide a clean and full water tank at the commencement of the tenancy agreement.

Please note, the above is not an exhaustive list of minimum standards in Victoria. For a more detailed list, visit the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.

 

Source EBM Rent cover

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