The department will inspect your property regularly. This inspection is used to review the condition of your property and to ensure all properties are compliant and in reasonably good repair.
The department will give you at least seven days notice that it intends to inspect your property. Please advise the department if the proposed time and/or date is unsuitable so that the department can arrange another time and date for the inspection with you.
At least one legal tenant (a tenant is a person who has signed the State Tenancy Agreement) is required to be present at the inspection. The inspecting officer will carry identification. The visit will take between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on the size of the house or unit. Please ensure that any dogs living at the property are appropriately restrained on the day of inspection.
Apart from reviewing the condition of your property, the department will also conduct a number of checks to ensure your continued health and safety is maintained. Some of these checks are:
- testing your smoke alarms
- ensuring anti-tilt brackets are fitted to upright stoves
- ensuring the appropriate warning stickers and posters are present
Department staff may apply the following stickers to your property:
- Hot water system warning sticker - advice on the safe use of electric hot water systems to help you reduce the risk of dangerous levels of bacteria multiplying in your home's hot water system
- Asbestos warning sticker - applied to all buildings built prior to and including 1990. This sticker warns contractors that building products containing asbestos may be present.
- Smoke alarm sticker - what to do if your smoke alarm sounds and how to ensure the smoke alarm remains effective
- Water meter reading sticker - records the usage of water at your property. You water meter will be read each time your property is inspected and the reading will be recorded on this sticker.