QUEENSLAND SMOKE ALARM LEGISLATION AMENDMENTS

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As a Landlord, it is vital to remain well-informed of the changes in smoke alarm legislation. Regular alarm maintenance can save a tenant’s life, and your own investment at the same time.

Smoke alarm maintenance is governed by both State and Federal legislation and any person who does not comply with the relevant legislation is guilty of an offence. Landlords who fail to take every practical step to ensure the safety of their tenants can face a multitude of unpleasant and unwanted consequences that, with the right guidance, can be easily avoided. As a Property Manager, you as Landlords have entrusted us with an investment, which is a sizeable responsibility to shoulder.

We aim to ease the burden in ensuring that your properties are compliant.

 

The Legislation

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990 mandates all owners / landlords to regularly check the smoke alarms in their properties commencing 1 July 2007. Under the legislation, landlords or their agents must test and clean each smoke alarm, test and replace low batteries, and ensure the smoke alarm has not expired. The legislation prohibits this requirement being transferred to the tenant and applies to all residential rental properties, even brand-new builds.

The Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Amendment Act 2016 was passed on 1 September 2016 and increases these requirements. The new legislation will be rolled out over a 10 year timeframe:

  • By 1 January 2017: All new residential properties or those renovated that require a development approval.
  • By 1 January 2022: All residential properties that are sold or leased.
  • By 1 January 2027: All other residential dwellings.

We will have a wealth of information for you in the coming year with regards to these changes. It is our aim to facilitate this transition as smoothly, cost-effectively and professionally as possible. We have already begun the contracting of a company we feel are ‘above the rest of the pack’, so to speak, and look forward to working with each Landlord over the next two years to ensure every property is compliant and fit to save lives!