Are unlimited home opens fair?
The Tenants Union of Victoria (TUV) says no to open-ended home inspections – and they’re lobbying the government to change the Residential Tenancies Act.
In an interview on ABC Radio in Melbourne, TUV CEO Mark O’Brien said home openings and inspections “can be very disruptive” for tenants as there was no limit on how many people could inspect a property or how often the inspections could occur.
Current laws in Victoria allow a landlord or agent to enter a property with prospective buyers as long as the tenant receives 24 hours written notice.
Laws in other states vary. In Queensland and Western Australia, for example, landlords have to negotiate a suitable day and time with a tenant before home opens and inspections can occur.
The TUV has taken the opportunity to voice its concerns about the arrangements as the State Government reviews the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.
In the ABC radio interview, TUV’s CEO said Victorian regulations relating to tenants’ rights and home inspections needed to be clearer relating to tenant consent, and there should be limits on how often agents can access a property to show buyers through.
For landlords who want to open their homes for sale while it’s still rented, industry advice is to talk openly with the tenant to reach an arrangement about the time and frequency of inspections. Rent reductions can also be considered to compensate for any inconvenience.