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DMIRS Bulletin #78
Smoke alarms in dwellings proposed for demolition
Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of the dwelling.
Changes to the Regulations that come into effect on 22 January 2018 provide an exemption for owners who are transferring ownership to a person intending to demolish the dwelling.
This means the current owner of a dwelling that is subject to transfer of ownership may choose not to install smoke alarms if the new owner has provided a declaration of intended demolition to the current owner before the transfer of ownership.
Bulletin can be view HERE
What you need to know:
When a potential investor or buyer hears the term “mortgagee sale” or “repossession” you can often see the dollar signs in their eyes. There is a common view that mortgagee sales come with a lower than market value price. This can be correct in some cases, however thorough due diligence should be conducted before purchasing this type of property. Below we will look into the usual process in WA for mortgagee sales, as well as the pros and cons of purchasing a mortgagee in possession property.
How do mortgagee sales work?
The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) have previously published information regarding the issuing of electrical safety certificates.
NECA has received confirmation via email from the Department of Commerce stating the following:
“Safety certificates are not to be issued unless it is installation work as described in the Electrical (licensing) regulations 1991 section 52B. Going to a property and ensuring correct operation and that the premises complies to the legislation is not installation work. The form is an official certificate and cannot be altered or details entered that do not relate to installation work that you the contractor have performed. We suggest in your circumstance that a letter which must have a company letter head should be sent when doing compliance inspections. This letter can outline whatever requirements are necessary including the amount of RCD’s number of Smoke detectors were they all operational and installed as per the Australian standards, were any faults or concerns found that may need further investigations or rectifications. The letter can include or exclude as much as the client requirements are you can add similar ticks and flick sections like the safety certificate but under no circumstances should a safety certificate be issued unless installation work has been done “.
AICWA is currently waiting to hear back from NECA regarding the template recommend to their members for producing an Electrical Condition Report.
Source: AICWA newsletter 4 October 2016
Electrical Condition Report - Update source:25 October 2016 AICWA Newsletter
The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) have previously published information regarding the issuing of electrical safety certificates and Electrical Condition Report. In their communications to their members they have also provided an example of an “Electrical Condition Report”. View a Report HERE
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