Health and Safety for Landlords and Property Managers
Landlord health and safety is a fundamental component to ensuring your landlords are meeting their legal requirements. The extent of responsibility varies with duties of care applying when work is being carried out on the property. Where duties overlap, PCBU’s must communicate, consult and co-operate with one another to ensure work is undertaken in a safe manner.
According to the law, a Person Conducting Business or Undertaking (PCBU) is a:
- Property Management Business, or
- Self-employed property manager.
A PCBU must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the Health and Safety of workers. Workers may include contractors or subcontractors that are engaged to working on a property. This means a rental property is a place of work whenever a property manager is on the premise. A person who commits an offence such as non-compliance, may result in fines ranging from “$300,000, up to $3,000,000 and or imprisonment for up to 5 years.
Importantly, you cannot contract out this process on your clients behalf!
As a residential property manager you are a person of influence. Therefore you must ensure that your clients (landlords/property owners) are performing their duties.
We offer a ‘Landlord Health and Safety Package’. It is designed to assist property owners to become compliant with their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. It is easy to use and relative to the industry.