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Fire check sets off alarm bells

June 1st, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

Question
Nanjing Night Net

While I was moving into my new rented flat, the agent sent me an email to my work computer at 3pm advising me that he was carrying out an annual fire inspection at 7am the next day. I did not open the email until the next morning when I was back at work.

How much notice should he give, is he breaching the lease and can anything be done to stop him entering the flat on some pretext without giving proper notice?

Watchman, via the forum.

Answer

Landlords or agents are allowed to enter premises as and when required to fulfil their legal obligations for health and safety checks (such as fire checks), but they still have to give two clear days’ notice each time they plan to do so. Have a look at Tenants NSW fact sheet No.8 on privacy at tenants南京夜网.au.

If this apparently inconsiderate behaviour continues, that web page has a link to a strongly worded letter you can download, adapt and send to the agent, outlining how he has breached the Tenancies Act (and the terms of your lease) and warning that any repetition will lead to you taking him to the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal for compensation.

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