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Renovating IP - obligations to tenant?

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by fullylucky, 12th Sep, 2016.

  1. fullylucky

    fullylucky Well-Known Member

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    Hi if you are renovating an IP to fix something not to upgrade something, what requirements are there to the tenant?

    For example a leaking pipe. The pipe doesn't affect the tenant in anyway.
     
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    Loads of them. Depends what you mean exactly. You're essentially trespassing on their property if you're talking about access during the tenancy, so things like proper notice periods, reasonable steps to not disrupt their quiet enjoyment, etc, etc.
     
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    proper notice periods: like an email and text messages?

    reasonable steps to not disrupt their quiet enjoyment: like work only during business hours when they are not home (at the office)?

    anything else? required?

    What if it's to fix something not to upgrade or this doesn't matter?
     
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    Like the proper form and notice periods under the RTA for your state. In WA its 72 hours and written notice for necessary maintenance.

    This probably depends on the circumstances and the type of repairs being effected. You would almost certainly want to consult with the tenants though.

    Probably. Asking the tenants is a good starting point though.

    This is just for necessary repairs or maintenance. If they aren't necessary, then you're probably at the whim of the tenants completely.
     
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    ok thanks!
     
  6. MyPropertyPro

    MyPropertyPro SE Qld Property Management & Investor Services Business Member

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    If IP is in QLD the correct notice period is 24hrs for maintenance issues and a Form 9 (RTA Entry Notice) must be issued to the tenant. However yes - always a good starting point to check with tenants first and work around a time that suits them if possible to avoid any potential disputes.
     
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    To expand on this, something like a leaking pipe may not require notice if it's an emergency repair. First step is your State's residential tenancy legislation and next step is the tenancy agreement to determine the relevant rights and notice periods.
     
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    When a tenant lets me know there is a problem with a property I organise a contractor for a time that suits them. If it is something they have asked for they usually don't object to a contractor entering the property to fix the problem. I say usually because I have had a tenant report a problem then refused to allow a contractor access to the property to fix it :rolleyes:
     
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    And then take you to tribunal for lack of response and ongoing issues :p:D


    F lucky, if it is outside, just talk with the tenants, ask when it suits them for you to be doing the repairs, then send an email confirming the agreed date/s

    The main thing is do not make a nuisance of yourself, your the owner, but while they are there it is their home.
     
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