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Tougher laws to create safer trades

By Craig Pontey

When you rent property in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, you are moving into a high-end lifestyle that has luxury homes, incredibly vibrant community centres and great schools all close by. We think you deserve the best from your community, and a new announcement from the New South Wales Office of Fair Trading should help to make your renting experience all the more enjoyable.

New laws targeting builders and traderspeople came into effect on January 15, under which repeat offenders who carry out unlicensed work or do not have appropriate insurance will face up to 12 months in prison.

“At its core, these new home building laws are about ensuring NSW consumers are appropriately protected without creating unnecessary red tape and regulation that will stifle industry growth and investment,” said NSW Fair Trading Minister Matthew Mason-Cox.

This should ensure that repair work done on your eastern suburbs rental property is safe, sound and efficient. While some works that cost under $5000 will no longer need a license as part of streamlining, anyone doing electrical, plumbing or air conditioning tasks will need the correct registration regardless of the cost.

Consumers can still pursue written contracts for work, and do not have to engage with traders who refuse to do this. There will also be a six year warranty period for fire alarms and waterproofing services, the first recognition of its kind for those living in NSW.

While the Ray White Double Bay property management team works with a series of trusted tradespeople for repairs on properties we rent out to Sydneysiders, these changes will no doubt be further reassurance that when you rent property in eastern suburbs, you get the maintenance that you deserve.

To find out more about the rental properties available, feel free to contact Ray White Double Bay.

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