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Urgent repairs are often a hot topic as the definition usually means one thing to a tenant and another to a property investor.

The definition of urgent or emergency repairs is set out in legislation which mandates what constitutes an emergency repair and who is responsible for arranging and paying for the repair.

Emergency repairs can be broadly defined as a repair that affects a tenant’s standard of living or safety, such as a blocked toilet; dangerous electrical fault; damages caused by the storm, flood, or fire; the failure of essential services; and whether the issue is life-threatening.

When an emergency or urgent repair is referred to a property manager, they make an assessment of whether the repair is urgent based upon the definition under The Act and will report it immediately to you for authorization to appoint a contractor.


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