Sep 21, 2021 9:03 am
Hi, I have moved into a rental that has a bathroom with no windows. The light and fan comes on automatically when someone enters the bathroom. It is hooked up to a sensor in the ceiling. There is a timer that can be adjusted if I climb up on a ladder. The problem is when I am using the toilet I may only be in there for a minute or sometimes longer. I may take a short shower or a longer one. If I set the timer for a long time, the light and fan stay on for ages after I leave the bathroom. If I set it for a short time the light and fan go out while I am in the shower. Because of this I requested it be changed to two switches on the wall that I could turn on and off when I wanted. I was told that since it’s an internal bathroom the fan and light had to be on the one switch, according to the building code. And that changing it to a switch would be a big job that would take hours. I live in NSW. I was also told that the cost of having the light and fan running for long periods of time would be minimal. What is true and what is not true about what I have been told?
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Sep 21, 2021 12:42 pm
Write politely to your property manager and ask them to fix a serious health and safety issue at your rental. Keeping the fan going and light on for a long time affects your amenity and 'quiet enjoyment of the property' as well as wasting your energy. You cannot be expected to climb up a ladder in a bathroom to reset the timer each time. Nor can you be expected to use the bathroom in darkness, as well as not adequately ventilate the moisture which can result in unhealthy mould growth. Also the agent won't be able to blame your 'lifestyle factors' for any mould or moisture damage. Give them 5 days to respond and 5 more days to fix it. If they still fob you off lodge a claim with NCAT.
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