Page 9 Asbestos in the home It is likely that houses built before 1988 will contain some form of asbestos materials. It was used for its durability, fire resistance and insulation properties and was mixed with other materials to produce a variety of products. Asbestos may pose a risk if fibres become lose, flakey or degraded. It is commonly found in: • Roof shingles • Fencing • Exterior wall cladding • Backing material on floor tiles and vinyl flooring • Textured paints •Water or flue pipes. If you have concerns about building materials in the rental property please contact your property manager. Further information is available at www.asbestossafety.gov.au Mould in the Home Mould is a fungal growth that thrives on moisture. It can grow in homes during the wetter months when conditions are damp, dark and poorly ventilated. Mould can grow in bathrooms, kitchens, cluttered storage areas, wall and roof spaces and behind furniture. When mould dries out or is disturbed, it releases spores which can cause illness in some people or exacerbate existing health issues; such as asthma, respiratory infections, sinus problems, rashes and watery itchy red eyes. Mould can also cause unpleasant odours and damage to building materials, contents and structures, which may lead to expensive maintenance or management costs. The prevention of mould in the rental property requires a joint effort by both the lessor and the tenants. Moisture must be both restricted from entering the premises and from being generated indoors. Potentially, either party can be at fault for damage caused by mould, depending upon the circumstances. Further information and assistance is available The Department of Health (please contact your PropertyManager for publications) Renting a strata-titled property If you are renting a strata-titled property, including a unit, apartment, townhouse or duplex, there is some extra information that you need to be aware of. At lease sign up you will receive a copy of the strata by-laws, please familiarise yourself with these and keep in mind the following: Common property Within the strata complex there will be areas of common property that the PropertyManager would have pointed out to you when you inspected the home. There are several standard by-laws that relate to common property that all new tenants need to be aware of: • You cannot transport furniture through an area of common property unless you have first given the strata council sufficient notice of your intention to do so • You are not permitted to use any part of an area of common property for your own purposes • You must not obstruct any person’s lawful use of common property • You cannot permit any child of whom you have control to play on any area of common property or to remain in an area of common property that could be dangerous to children (such as a laundry or car parking area) unless they are accompanied by an adult Parking If your apartment/unit has one or more allocated parking bays, you must ensure that you only use the bay(s) assigned to you. You cannot park a vehicle on any area of common property, or use a visitor car parking bay on a regular basis. Your visitors It is your responsibility to ensure that your visitors comply with the by- laws, including parking and their behaviour within common property areas. Noise and disturbance In the close-living situation of a strata complex, it is the right of every occupant to be able to use and enjoy their properties and areas of common property. Therefore excessive noise and inappropriate or offensive behaviour that causes a disturbance to other occupants is prohibited under the by-laws of the complex. All occupants must be adequately clothed when upon common property and are not permitted to dispose of rubbish, dirt or other material in an area of common property. If you experience any noise or other disturbance from neighboring properties please advise your PropertyManager in writing noting the date, time and offending behavior. We will report this to the StrataManager for action.