Aug 30, 2021 8:54 pm
I've recently rented an old Victorian era house in Melbourne. It's near a busy street so noise is an issue. The house has open vents which pass directly through to the outside. I've explained to the rental company that most of the noise is coming in said vents and that they need to add noise cancellation coverings to the vents to stop noise. However, the rental company have said that due to "regulations" there are not allowed to do anything to the vents. I can't find any regulations online that match this discription, does anyone know if any kind of regulations exist in Victoria which would make covering these vents illegal?
Re: Regulations of Open Vents2
Aug 30, 2021 9:09 pm
No. They are just trying it on. Those vents came about in the 1920's because kerosene heaters became popular and a few people died because of carbon monoxide poisoning so the councils mandated that you had to have vents to allow for air circulation. I doubt that anyone has used one of those heaters in the last fifty years. The heritage aspect though is a different matter and they probably don't want you to change that detail of the house.
Re: Regulations of Open Vents3
Aug 30, 2021 9:52 pm
IHowever, the rental company have said that due to "regulations" there are not allowed to do anything to the vents.
If they know the regulations as claimed, then ask them for a copy or reference. If they can't back up their claim, you (and they) will know they have been caught out on a lie.
However...maybe they were actually saying they are not allowed to make changes to a property they don't own.
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