Property Owners have a responsibility to attend to all ‘Emergency’ repair issues without delay. Below is an excerpt from the Residential Tenancies Act, defining the meaning of ‘Emergency;.
RTRA Act 2008 – SECTION 214 – Meaning of Emergency Repairs
Emergency repairs are works needed to repair any of the following-
(a) a burst water service or a serious water service leak;
(b) a blocked or broken lavatory system;
(c) a serious roof leak;
(d) a gas leak;
(e) a dangerous electrical fault;
(f) flooding or serious flood damage;
(g) serious storm, fire or impact damage;
(h) a failure or breakdown of the gas, electricity or water supply to premises;
(i) a failure or breakdown of an essential service or appliance on premises for hot water, cooking or heating;
(j) a fault or damage that makes premises unsafe or insecure;
(k) a fault or damage likely to injure a person, damage Property or unduly inconvenience a Tenant of premises;
(l) a serious fault in a staircase, lift or other common area of premises that unduly inconveniences a Tenant in gaining access to, or using, the premises.