Security Locks

Minimum Security requirements…

One of the major changes to affect your property is the ‘minimum security requirements’ which is Section 45 of the 2013 changes to Property Management legislation.

This change to the act requires the following:

Deadlocks

  • Main entry door – a deadbolt/deadlock (if there is a lockable security screen compliant with Australian Standards already fitted, then the landlord will not be required to retrofit a deadbolt.)
  • Other timber entry doors (eg laundry or back door) – a deadbolt/deadlock or a patio bolt if a deadbolt cannot be fitted.
  • Glass external doors – a patio bolt (if there is a deadbolt handle set or a lockable security screen compliant with Australian Standards already fitted, then the landlord will not be required to retrofit a patio bolt.
  • Windows – lockable from the inside (this will not mean having to install keyed window locks, but that window latches, closers or locks are fitted and are in working order to reduce the risk of a window being forced open from the outside).
  • External lightening – a light at the main entry that can be operated from the inside.
    The requirements for locks to entry doors and lockable windows do not apply where the door or window is situated on the second storey or above, in apartments and multi-storey homes.
  • Exemptions will apply to properties listed on the State Heritage Register and to properties situated on land zoned rural. In these instances, the requirement will remain for a reasonable level of security to be maintained.

    From the commencement of the new legislation there is an 18 month changeover time in place, by which the property will need to be compliant.

    You may want to think about making your property compliant at the next change of tenancy. It is always easier to be first and early then wait untill the last minute when everyone else is trying to do the same!

    If you don’t know whether your property is compliant ask your property manager to check at the next routine inspection.

    You can also visit the Australian Standards website and the Department of Commerce website for more information.