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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1484..

Rental properties-energy efficiency ratings

(Question No 138)

Ms Tucker asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 10 April 2002:

In relation to the enforcement of section 11 A and subsection 12 (3)(c) of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 relating to the disclosure of the energy efficiency rating of rental properties:

(1) Since section 11 A and subsection 12 (3)(c) came into force, what action has been taken to ensure that energy efficiency ratings of rental properties, where available, are being disclosed in advertisements and to potential tenants;

(2) Have any legal actions been taken against persons who have not complied with section 1 lA or subsection 12 (3)(c).

(3) What action does the Government intend to take from now on to ensure that section 11A and subsection 12 (3)(c) are complied with

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) All real estate agents were provided information concerning the requirements of the energy efficiency rating scheme in newsletters from the Real Estate Agents Board. A compliance program has been implemented by the Office of Fair Trading that targets the advertisements of for sale properties and rental properties in The Canberra Times and other advertising media. Where properties have been advertised without an energy efficiency rating letters have been sent to the agent, or contact initiated with the owner, to ensure that the issue is appropriately addressed. The work of the Office of Fair Trading has resulted in a significant increase in compliance with the requirements related to energy efficiency ratings.

(2) No.

(3) A further reminder will be included in the Agents Board's next newsletter emphasising the requirements related to energy efficiency ratings when advertising a property for sale or lease. Where continuing non-compliance is identified by real estate agents the matter will be referred to the Agents Board for disciplinary action under the Rules of Conduct for Agents.

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