From 1st January 2022, it will become mandatory for landlords and sellers to install interconnected smoke alarms in their residential properties. The new legislation requirements will ensure that all properties have hardwired photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms.

Once this upgrade is in place, rather than one smoke alarm going off in one area of the house, all smoke alarms will go off simultaneously as they will be interconnected. This allows the occupants more time to get out of the property.

Smoke alarm requirements in the property must comply with the following:

  • Be photoelectric (AS3786-2014)
  • It does not contain an ionisation sensor
  • Be hardwired to the mains power supply. Otherwise, smoke alarms can be either hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery or a combination of both.
  • Be less than ten years old
  • Operate when tested
  • Be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling

Smoke Alarms but be installed in the following locations:

  • On each storey
  • In each bedroom
  • In each hallway. If there is no hallway, between the bedroom and other parts of the storey
  • If there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the property.

What will happen if your rental property is not made compliant? The REIQ has warned that those who fail to make their property comply before the deadline may end up with a Tribunal order to ensure that they comply with the legislation. Furthermore, if there is fire damage on the property after failing to comply with the legislation, the lessor may also face insurance costs from damage claims lodged.

Don’t hold off obtaining quotes or waiting until the last minute to be prepared. Act now and potentially save lives in the future! 

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