If your rented home has become unsafe as a result of the earthquake Tenants Victoria has compiled some useful information for you – see our guide below.
Check your home
If any part of your home appears to be unsafe as a result of Wednesday’s earthquake, VicEmergency recommends you leave it until a more detailed inspection can be made. They also recommend making some initial checks, if safe to do so. See the link in description for more detail on the recommendations.
If safe to do so we recommend taking videos or photos of damage so you can pass this on to the landlord, or agent, after you have left.
It is important you do not put yourself at risk doing any checks of your home. If the damage to your home is an emergency situation call the SES on 132 500.
Contact the landlord
Once you are safe contact the landlord or agent to let them know about the damage and ask that they take all necessary action to have the house assessed and made safe as quickly as possible.
Keep a record of any call logs, emails and texts in case you need them later.
Even though Victoria is still under COVID restrictions, urgent repairs required for safety can still be done and tradespeople are allowed to attend homes to undertake repairs.
There is a risk of aftershocks
Be prepared for additional aftershocks. Although most of these are smaller than the main shock, some may be strong enough to cause additional damage [Source: VicEmergency].
Other helpful details can be found via these links: