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“As a tenant in SA, what happens when my lightbulbs stop working at home?” Tenant, SA

We asked DIY Property Management for their advice:

“In South Australia, a landlord is responsible for maintaining consumables in the property like replacing blown lightbulbs and Pura Tap filters, while tenants are responsible for caring for items such as cleaning air conditioner filters,” they said.

You must notify the owner or the agent in writing, and they must have authorisation from the tenant to enter the premises to repair the lights.

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“Those notifications must be acted on within a proper time frame, and there is a fair bit of paperwork that needs to be completed just to replace a simple lightbulb,” they said.

“To avoid all this hassle and inconvenience, some tenants opt to change their lightbulbs themselves, if they are standard lightbulbs.”

“If they are downlights or any other kind of non-standard lightbulbs, owners should be replacing them.”

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DIY Property Management

DIY Property Management is a company that supports landlords who choose to manage their rental property. Based in South Australia, DIY Property Management provides the documentation, forms and information you need to be confident in your duties as a landlord. The company is the only one in Australia to provide in-depth instructions and a complete set of tools for landlords to help them advertise and manage their rental property in one place.