smoke detectors in rental properties

Landlord obligations regarding smoke detectors

The most common misconception by owners is their continued line of thinking that maintaining  a smoke alarm is just about changing a battery and pushing a button to check it is operational.

You need to ensure that the smoke alarm will work in a fire so you need to check the following:

  • Ensure the correct quantity and quality of smoke alarms are installed.
  • Ensuring correct positioning of smoke alarms.
  • Ensuring ventilation holes are clear of obstructions such as insects and their debris.
  • Checking the expiry date of every alarm.
  • Carry out a full function test of the alarm including testing the alarm with artificial smoke to ensure that the sensors are still working properly

If you own a strata property and the Owners Corporation has employed a fire safety company to check the smoke alarm on an annual basis you still need to check your smoke alarm prior to a new tenancy. The Fire Company only needs to check a certain percentage of properties within the Strata Plan to meet compliance. This may mean that your property may have been missed or that the inspection may have been months earlier and the smoke alarm may need  maintenance at the time that a tenant moves in.

In addition there are fines in place for noncompliance and insurance companies have been known to reject claims if they can prove that an Investment Property Owner has failed to carry out their obligations.

It is strongly recommended that you engage a Professional Smoke Alarm company prior to each new tenancy.

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