As a Real Estate agency, you have a duty of care to the tenants to ensure they are safe, and that the property you are managing is compliant with latest Queensland legislation for fire safety.
As a landlord, you have a duty of care to your tenants to ensure they are safe, and your property is compliant with latest Queensland legislation for fire safety.
Current legislation from 1st January 2017
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 before the start of a tenancy agreement each smoke alarm must be tested and cleaned. In addition, smoke alarms must replaced, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, each battery in the smoke alarm that is flat or that you or your agent is aware is almost flat within 30 days before the start of a tenancy.
Commences from the 1st of January 2022, which instructs all landlords are responsible for the installation of smoke alarms.
Requirements to comply with legislation are below:
- Smoke alarms must be interconnected,
- Photoelectric; and
- Hardwired or a 10-year non removable battery
Must be installed on each storey:
- In every bedroom
- In hallways that connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling
- If there is no hallway, between the bedrooms; and
- If there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm should be installed in the most likely path to exit the dwelling.
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Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation Deadline
The new Queensland smoke alarm legislation deadline has now passed. All properties leased or sold in Queensland have been required to comply with these new regulations since the 1st of January, 2022.
Under the new legislation, every Queensland residence must be fitted with photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms in all bedrooms of the home as well as in hallways or between areas containing bedrooms.
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