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What safety requirements do I need to consider when leasing out a holiday property?

Landlords and their agents have a duty of care to the tenants who lease their holiday property. The property must meet all appropriate health and safety standards before it is occupied.  Conduct regular checks of electrical and gas appliances, to make sure that they are in good working order, and compliant with local laws.

If the property has a swimming pool it will need to be adequately fenced to prevent young unsupervised children from falling in. The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act outlines the minimum requirements for such fencing and rules around placement. This Act is enforced by local Councils and the fines for not complying can be steep.

If you need advice on whether or not a fence meets the Act requirements, contact a First National Real Estate Property Manager. We're happy to help.
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