The Smoke Alarm Solutions showcase will reveal the benefits of being a new smoke alarm legislation early adopter, the importance of screening properties for ice and methamphetamine residue, and why pool fence compliance is essential.
The overhaul of Queensland’s smoke alarm legislation comes into effect 1 January 2022 and will impact every one of the state’s 550,000 rental properties, 390,000 landlords and 15,000 property managers and real estate agents.
The changes will make Queensland rental properties the safest in Australian and ensure:
- Smoke alarms are installed in every bedroom;
- Smoke alarms are powered by either 240 volt or 10-year lithium batteries;
- Properties have interconnected smoke alarms;
- Properties have photoelectric smoke alarms;
- Smoke alarms meet Australian Standard 3876:2014.
Property managers and landlords who do not comply by the deadline could face serious consequences, including hefty fines and possible jail time.
The growing problem of ice and methamphetamine residue in Queensland rental properties will also be revealed at the bootcamp.
In the past seven months, Smoke Alarm Solutions drug screening partner, Meth Screen has conducted more than 400 tests, with 35 per cent of Queensland properties testing positive for the illicit drug.
The frightening results found 36 per cent of properties on the Gold Coast contain ice and methamphetamine residue. In contrast 26 per cent of properties in Brisbane recorded a positive reading, while six of the 16 properties (37 per cent) tested north of Mackay discovered disturbing levels of ice and methamphetamine residue.
Smoke Alarm Solutions CEO Cameron Davis said the bootcamp will demystify upcoming smoke alarm legislation and educate property managers about methamphetamine residue and its impact on rental properties.
“The deadline may seem years away, but there’s a range of benefits by adopting the new smoke alarm legislation,” Mr Davis said.
“If you choose to wait, you risk compliance providers being overwhelmed and unable to fit you in, a shortage of electricians and possible prices increases.”
“Property managers, landlords and real estate agents are only just realising the hidden dangers of methamphetamine residue.
“There are thousands of contaminated properties throughout the state, causing serious health issues for the countless Queenslanders.
“In extreme cases, decontamination can cost tens of thousands and require removal of carpet, curtains and plaster boards. Furniture and soft furnishings would also need to be destroyed. In cases of mild contamination, a property may be decontaminated effectively and quickly, so levels are within the Australian Government guidelines.”
Smoke Alarm Solutions is the largest provider of smoke alarm compliance and maintenance services to the Australian real estate industry.
The company provides a comprehensive risk-mitigation service down Australia’s eastern seaboard, which ensures landlords do adhere to their legislative responsibilities, property managers meet their duty of care requirements and tenants are safe from the dangers of fire.
Smoke Alarm Solutions has also been proactive in educating the sector via its informative investor and Property Manager new legislation breakfasts, as well as partnering with the REIQ at their events.
Smoke Alarm Solutions’ primary aim is to provide a cost-effective and user-friendly service that will reduce the liability and stress surrounding such an imperative and intricate set of guidelines involved with smoke alarm compliance.