Are your smoke alarms compliant in your QLD rental property?
From 1 January 2022 all leased QLD rental properties must comply with Qld smoke alarm legislation
As a landlord, it is imperative you know your obligations in relation to fire safety. From January 1, 2022, all properties leased must comply with the new Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation. It’s the law.
Are your smoke alarms compliant?
What you need to know about Qld smoke alarm legislation
Smoke alarms are compulsory in all rental properties. To meet the new legislative requirements, they must now all be interconnected. This means that when one alarm is activated, all alarms will sound.
In addition, new smoke alarm laws in Queensland stipulate that alarms must meet the following requirements:
- be photoelectric – (AS 3786-2014) compliant
- not contain an ionisation sensor
- be less than 10 years old
- be installed in every bedroom
- operate when tested
Is it law to have hard-wired smoke detectors?
Yes! Smoke alarms must be 240V hardwired or powered by a non-removable Lithium 10-year battery.
How often are smoke alarms to be tested in rentals?
Landlords are required to test and clean every smoke alarm in a rental property within 30 days prior to the commencement of a tenancy.
During the tenancy, it is the responsibility of the tenant to test and clean every smoke alarm at least once every 12 months.
Who is responsible for smoke alarms in a rented property?
From January 1st, 2022, landlords are legally obliged to ensure that each rental property complies with the new Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation. Non-compliance may run the risk of the property not being eligible for lease.
If a rental property has not been recently built or renovated, there is every chance that each current smoke alarm will require replacement to ensure compliance.
Interconnected photoelectric alarms are a new requirement and now that alarms are required in each bedroom and on each storey of the property, this could be a rather large task. For more information on how landlords must ensure that their rental properties are compliant with the new legislation and meet all health and safety requirements, visit the Queensland Government’s residential tenancy authority website.
If you are not sure where to start or are unclear about any of the new smoke alarm laws in Queensland, contact Image Realty. Their professional property management team can organise for your property to be inspected by a licenced authority and upon approval, have your property updated with smoke alarms that meet all of the requirements.
Smoke alarms save lives. Don’t delay. Ensure your Queensland rental property is compliant today.
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