Caretakers are the overseers of apartment buildings, schools, camps, offices, trailer parks and other areas which have community access. They ensure and maintain the cleanliness and safety of the common areas and act on behalf of the property owners and landlords in many ways. Caretakers often provide maintenance and repair services inside of rental units as well as maintain the grounds.

Duties and tasks

  • Cleaning common areas, parking lots, gardens and lawns
  • Collecting rental payments and providing tenants with receipts
  • Ensuring building and facility is secure
  • Getting authorization for major repairs and hiring contractors
  • Handling minor repairs
  • Inspecting fire extinguishers and stairwells
  • Issuing copies of rules
  • Maintaining lighting fixtures
  • Maintaining peace and order
  • Taking applications from potential tenants

Skills required

  • Ability to lift heavy objects
  • Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Capable of performing minor repairs
  • Good communication skills
  • Good math skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Maintaining decorum in tense situations

Working conditions

Caretakers perform some of their duties in the comfort of climate controlled offices, but most tasks are completed outdoors. It can be hard work as maintaining the grounds can prove to be heavy work. Most tenants readily pay their rent on time but dealing with tenants who are late can be stressful, especially if eviction is necessary.

Professional associations / Industry information

Building Services Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA)
Service Skills Australia

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