Servicing heaters and appliances


When renting a property, appliances like air-conditioners, gas heaters, dishwashers and sometimes fridges can be made available for use by renters. Should these appliances be supplied, some simple rules need to be understood as to avoid any surprises later on.

Repairing/Replacing the appliance
If an appliance breaks down, it will need to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Failing to do so can result in compensation being owed to the renter.

Sometimes a property is supplied with an appliance that may not be in the best of repair (like a dishwasher). The owner might instruct that the renters can use it but if it breaks down, it won’t be replaced. This statement does come across as generous or as a bonus to the renter, however whatever is supplied for tenancy must be repaired or replaced should it break down! Therefore if it is supplied, it must be there as a permanent appliance.

Also ensure that you have arranged a Tax Depreciation report to ensure you get not only the best tax depreciation deductions on your appliances, but also on the rest of the property and fixtures.

Gas appliances need regular servicing
It is very important that gas appliances are regularly serviced to minimise risk of fires and break down of appliances. Some of the reasons for this are:

• Burners in water heaters or space heaters can become blocked with dust or lint and then soot up the heat exchanger and flue passageways,
• Air filters, air ways and fans can become blocked by lint and dust, leading to overheating and burner problems, and
• Safety controls can wear out and fail.

NB: We recommend you follow the manufacturer’s service plan and keep a record of the date of service.

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