Corded windows can seem harmless, so why is there state legislation regarding the supply and installation of coded window furnishings? And is your property investment in compliance?
Blind cords have been among the common causes of strangulation among children in Australia. The mandatory standard for internal window covering was declared on July 2010, while regulation relating to installation services of window coverings came into effect in January 2015.
The standards can be summarised as:
In Queensland, as per section 185 of the RTRA Act, all lessors have an obligation at the start of the tenancy and during the tenancy not to be in breach of a law dealing with issues about the health and safety of persons using or entering the premises. Lessors are obliged to ensure a rental property is in a good state of repair and fit for the tenant to live in.
Lessors have a common law “duty of care” to mitigate the likelihood of injury at their property.
Don’t take risks when it comes to your property investment. Make sure to comply with the supply and installation standards. If you engage an independent contractor, who is appropriately insured, to take responsibility for ensuring the corded window furnishings of the property meet current safety standards, your are mitigating exposure to risk as well as the agency managing the property.