It’s heartbreaking to hear about children losing their lives, particularly when it could be avoided. With upsetting stories about children being strangled by cords from window coverings, it’s no wonder that legislation was introduced to ensure blinds and window coverings in domestic dwellings meet mandatory safety standards.
As of 1st Jan 2015 the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) updated the legislation and all new window coverings must meet these safety conditions. View the ACCC document.
What are your responsibilities as a landlord?
As a landlord you need to make sure your rental property meets these standards, which include attaching the necessary cleats and fixtures to secure the cord and that warning labels are clearly visible.
At Harcourts Kiama, we’ve teamed up with a company that provides a window compliance service to ensure our rented properties comply with the legislation. The service includes:
If you are unsure whether your window coverings in your investment property meet the standard, speak to your friendly property manager to arrange a compliance inspection.