21 August, 2021
Smoke alarm changes for rental properties
SMOKE alarm requirements are changing for all rental properties and landlords and tenants are encouraged to start taking steps to ensure their properties comply.
Smoke alarm requirements are changing for all rental properties and landlords and tenants are encouraged to start taking steps to ensure their properties comply.
The new requirements to be in place by January 1, 2022 for all rentals properties may necessitate works to be undertaken by some landlords.
The new requirements include the following measures:
● Smoke alarms must be installed in every bedroom of a home
● All smoke alarms must be powered by either 240 volt or 10 year lithium battery
● All smoke alarms must be interconnected to each other
● All smoke alarms must be photoelectric rather than ionisation
● All smoke alarms must comply with AS3786:2014
REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella says property managers should ensure their rent rolls are compliant as early as possible.
“Ensuring your landlords meet their smoke alarm compliance requirements before the deadline is essential,” Mercorella says.
“Not only is it a legal requirement but, more importantly, this legislation is about tenant safety and saving lives. Interconnected smoke alarms give tenants the best possible chance in escaping a deadly house fire.”
Owners and landlords are encouraged to seek professional assistance to ensure their property complies with the new legislation.