Whether you own a rental property or rent a property to live in, here’s what you need to know.  There have been changes to the smoke alarm regulations for smoke alarms in rental properties.  The updated Queensland legislation for installation of smoke alarms in rental properties commenced in 2017.  It is important to understand these latest rules and regulations and be across smoke alarm installation Brisbane options.  Especially for owners of rental properties, there are now strict guidelines for the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms.  No more DIY!

What are the guidelines for smoke alarms in rental properties?

Important new rules have been put in place in response to some terrible tragedies involving fires and rental properties.  One of the changes is to utilise the latest technology in smoke alarms.  This latest technology represents a much improved solution to the problem of alerting tenants to the danger of fire.  New smoke alarms are made using photoelectric technology.  Photoelectric smoke alarms are more sensitive, and more reliable.  Additionally, new build properties are required to have hard wired smoke alarms in rental properties.  These modern domestic smoke alarms are interconnected to one another, so that when one triggers, all of the alarms go off.

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The new regulations make allowance for the fact that it takes time to make updates. Making updates to older types of smoke alarms in rental properties can take time, planning and budgeting.  However, the regulations for smoke alarms in rental properties applies for both existing homes and new builds.  The new regulations already apply for all new buildings, including rental properties.  The new regulations for smoke alarms in rental properties also apply where substantial renovation to a Queensland property have been carried out.  But for existing properties, the regulations apply as a phased approach.  For example, existing rental properties with smoke alarms need to be replaced as of January 2022.  It is important for landlords and tenants to understand the rules for smoke alarms in rental properties, especially when they sign a new rental agreement.

What about smoke alarms in private properties?

Private properties have a longer time frame to replace smoke alarms; by January 2027.  However, replace old style smoke alarms with modern photoelectric smoke alarms the moment they need it. It’s super easy to get professional smoke alarm installation Brisbane and Brisbane West people!  Just call us at JTB Electrical.

What about old smoke alarms in rental properties?

There are a few more regulations that apply to the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms in rental properties.  It is important to get the correct information.  If you are a landlord, and you want to know about smoke alarms in rental properties, it is important to consult with the facts at Queensland Fire and Emergency Service at their website: https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au

Summary of Landlord responsibility for smoke alarms in rental properties

  • Fit new rental properties or renovated rental properties with photoelectric smoke alarms
  • This same rule applies to all new Queensland properties
  • Replace old or broken smoke alarms with photoelectric smoke alarms
  • Replace smoke alarms with batteries with new smoke alarms with 10 year batteries as a minimum
  • All new smoke alarms should be hard wired and interconnected, by a registered electrician in accordance with Australian Standards
  • To determine the location for smoke alarms in rental properties, refer to the QFES website or a licensed electrician
  • As of 2022, photoelectric smoke alarms in rental properties will become mandatory
  • As of 2027, photoelectric smoke alarms in all properties will become mandatory

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Tenants – what you need to know about smoke alarms in rental properties

Whether a landlord or a tenant, it is important to understand the rules.  The legislation – as it applies to tenants of rental properties – is there for the safety of the occupants.  So it is important to understand the guidelines.  And it’s important to understand whether you are safely covered by your lease agreement.  It’s easy to arrange for smoke alarm installation Brisbane services through your Property Manager.

Under the updated guidelines, you are entitled to be protected by new smoke alarms.  As of January 2022, all new lease agreements will include new and updated photoelectric smoke alarms.  These photoelectric smoke alarms must be hardwired and interconnected.  As a tenant, it is important to understand that these interconnected smoke alarms are highly sensitive to detect the slightest amount of smoke.  Not only that, when one smoke alarm sounds the alarm, all of the smoke alarms in the rental property, including the bedrooms will also be triggered.  That means that no matter how many people are in the house, everyone will be alerted to the danger at the same time.

Smoke alarm installation Brisbane  – to keep you and your family safe

We all care for the safety of our family and property.  The new regulations for smoke alarms in rental properties are designed to keep you, your family and property safe.

Whether a landlord, tenant or a property manager, we can help.  If you need any information about smoke alarm installation Brisbane, Brisbane or surrounds, call us.  It pays to call a licensed electrician for advice.  Give JTB Electrical a call today.