One of the most common questions we are asked is about smoke alarms and if you need to have them and which ones are the best for each situation.

Smoke AlarmA landlord’s responsibility

You must comply with Australian Standard 3786-1993 by ensuring rental properties are fitted with the required number of working smoke alarms installed in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part 3.7.2.3. Furthermore, under the current legislation landlords or agents must test and clean smoke alarms. Batteries that are flat or nearly flat must be replaced immediately. Any smoke alarm nearing the end of its service life or deemed faulty must also be replaced.

These duties, under the law, are the responsibility of the agent or landlord and not the tenant. Smoke alarm compliance is governed by both State and Federal legislation. States have their own specific requirements, which can make things complicated. Landlords or agents who do not comply with these are guilty of an offence, but we know the legislation and we can make sure you comply.

Don’t risk it!

Landlords and agents are required to have working smoke alarms installed and maintained to BCA and Australian standards. Failure to protect the safety of your tenants and investment property with a working and regularly maintained smoke alarm may result in the dismissal of an insurance claim for damage, loss of life or personal injury, or even a $500 penalty for simply failing to comply. Why take the risk?

For more information contact us here and we can ensure your smoke alarms are working and compliant with current legislation.