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Smoke Alarms – Your Responsibility as a Landlord

Smoke Alarms – Your Responsibility as a Landlord

Under the current Building Code of Australia, the owner of a rental property is legally responsible for the installation of appropriate smoke alarms. Not installing a smoke alarm may attract a fine of up to $750.

 

The following minimum legislative requirements are applicable for all residential properties:

  • Homes owned prior to 1 February 1998 require, at a minimum, 10 year life lithium non-removable non-replaceable battery smoke alarm.
  • Homes purchased on or after 1 February 1998 require (within six months of purchase) a 240V hard-wired smoke alarm or a 10 year life lithium non-removable non-replaceable battery powered smoke alarm
  • Homes built on or after 1 January 1995 require 240V mains powered alarms.
  • For all residential rental properties, a sufficient number of alarms must be installed to provide sufficient warning.

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