RCDs now mandatory in all rental properties

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The Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron issued a reminder today that all residential rental properties must be fitted with at least two Residual Current Devices (RCDs) protecting power point and lighting circuits from 8 August 2011.

Mr Bowron said installing RCDs in every rental property will significantly increase safety for all tenants.

“After considerable discussion and negotiation with affected property and owner groups, laws were introduced in 2009.  These allowed for a two year transition period.

“Now the transition period for continuing tenancies to have the two RCDs fitted is coming to an end,” Mr Bowron said.

An RCD is an electrical safety device fitted at the main switchboard of a house or business.  The device detects any imbalance in the electrical current or leakage to earth and immediately cuts the power supply to avoid electrocution.

Mr Bowron said tenants should check the main switchboard to ensure that at least two RCDs are installed and if not, they should contact the managing agent or landlord and request that two RCDs be installed as soon as practicable.

“Property managers should also ensure their residential rental properties are fitted with at least two RCDs to protect all power point and lighting circuits.

“If RCDs need to be installed, I recommend that you engage a licensed electrical contractor,” Mr Bowron said.

Electrical inspectors will monitor compliance with the regulations and respond to any complaints. Penalties of up to $15,000 for individuals and $100,000 for bodies corporate may apply if RCDs are not fitted.

For more information visit the EnergySafety website at www.energysafety.wa.gov.au/rcd or phone 9422 5200.

Contact: Candace Beilby 9422 5208

Media release
01 Aug 2011

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