Enforced by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990; Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008; and the Electrical Safety Act 2002.

All rental properties are required to have smoke alarms installed that comply with the new legislation. Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than 10 years ago, as well as any smoke alarms that do not operate when tested, must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms that comply with Australian Standards 3786-2014.

Within 30 days each smoke alarm must be tested and cleaned by the lessor/landlord prior to the start of a tenancy agreement, or renewal of lease agreement. Batteries in each smoke alarm must also be replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, if flat or that you or your agent is aware is almost flat within 30 days before the start of tenancy.