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Window Glass Thickness

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by TheGreenLeaf, 3rd Oct, 2015.

  1. TheGreenLeaf

    TheGreenLeaf Well-Known Member

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    Dear PCers,

    The PM of one of my properties contacted me this week after the tenant broke a window. The tenant replaced it at his cost, but the glazier advised the tenant that some of the windows were having 3mm glass while the current legislation requires 5mm thick glass.
    When I asked the PM if I need to replace all the non-compliant windows, he told me that its was a 'grey area' in the legislation, as even if non-compliant, nothing states that it has to be replaced.
    I guess the risk here is what would happen if the tenant would injure himself with a 'non-compliant' glass window. Is there anyone that has faced this issue?

    Anyway, I've asked for a quote to see how much would it cost to replace all non-compliant glass windows but I would like to have some advices.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    The areas of concern are the panes in or adjoining doors or anything over 1m2.
     
  3. datto

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    I heard you can laminate the windows to make the safer.
     
  4. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    There is no legislation I know of requiring retrospective replacement but all new glass/replacement needs to be done to new standards.
     
  5. TheGreenLeaf

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    Thanks, guys, for the quick feedbacks.
    Does anyone of you would know where I can find the legislation on this topic?
     
  6. Jamie_

    Jamie_ Well-Known Member

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    Just cover the windows with MDF/Plywood, problem solvered
     
  7. Scott No Mates

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    AS1288 Or the BCA
     
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  8. TheGreenLeaf

    TheGreenLeaf Well-Known Member

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    Thanks @Scott No Mates, going through AS1288 doc right now. It confirms the "no less than 5mm is permitted to a maximum area of 1.2 sqm"

    I will wait for the quote from the glazier as I still don't know how many windows are non-compliant, but I might consider to laminate them as well.

    Thanks all for your feedbacks.
     
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  10. TheGreenLeaf

    TheGreenLeaf Well-Known Member

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    Thanks @mush. Very interesting reading.
    Interesting to see also that the fine was split in a 25% for owner and 75% for the property management, in this case.
    Landlord's duty of care is definitely something not to forget...