Tips: Preparing for disasters as a renter

Bushfires, floods, cyclones and severe storms can be unpredictable and scary. While we as individuals can’t do much to prevent a natural disaster, we can take steps to improve our safety and reduce our losses during times of crisis. These 10 tips can help you prepare for unexpected emergencies affecting you, your household and your rental home.





Natural disasters can be daunting, but with proper preparation renters can put themselves in a better position. Understanding your legal rights, creating an emergency plan, building an emergency kit, checking your insurance, securing the property, staying informed, communicating with the landlord and documenting your belongings and the property condition are all essential steps to ensure your safety and minimise your losses during times of crisis. By taking these precautions you’ll be better prepared to weather the storm.



Resource updated December 2023

This resource is intended as a guide to the law and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. It applies to people who live in, or are affected by, the law as it applies in New South Wales Australia © Tenants’ Union NSW.