“In my rental, there is electrical wiring left exposed over the patio gutters, the eave and patio and back to the eave (black/red/green/yellow wires exposed), and in my garage hanging from the ceiling to wall. Is this legal? What can I do about these?” Tenant, NSW

We asked Co-Founder and COO of Rent360, Penelope Valentine for her advice:

“There should be no exposed wires,” Penelope said. “Despite the electrical danger, these could also be a strangulation danger.”

“I suggest you take a photo of all exposed wires and send them to the property manager, requesting they box in all wires or re-wire the areas so they meet safety standards.”

Penelope said there are companies such as Safety Watch Australia that will come and conduct a full safety inspection of the premises and identify any areas where there is a risk of harm to any occupants.

Safety Watch Australia currently services South East Queensland and some parts of Northern New South Wales.

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Penelope Valentine
Penelope Valentine

Penelope Valentine is the Director and Co-Founder of Property Alchemy in New South Wales. Penelope's real estate career has spanned more than 18 years. In that time, she has held senior national management roles with McGrath, LJ Hooker and co-founded industry start-ups, including Rent360. She is qualified as a Licensed Real Estate Agent and holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Sydney University.