43% of third-party upgrades were falsely certified

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In the past month Smoke Alarm Solutions has discovered 43 per cent of third-party upgrades were falsely certified. More than half of the falsely certified properties failed because the smoke alarms installed did not meet the Australian standard.

Smoke Alarm Solutions CEO Cameron Davis said more than nine falsely certified properties are being discovered by the compliancy and maintenance experts each day.

“Rectification work can be expensive, costing Property Managers, home owners and private landlords on average $650 to fix dodgy work,” Mr Davis said.

“We’ve only just scratched the surface. I shudder to think how many Brisbane properties have had smoke alarms incorrectly installed by unprofessional and unscrupulous installers, out to make a quick buck.

“What we’ve discovered is unqualified electricians using out-dated stock that doesn’t adhere to Queensland’s new smoke alarm legislation. It’s irresponsible and dangerous.”

“The new Smoke Alarm Legislation Act is vital because it protects Queenslanders, but it must be implemented properly.

“Smoke Alarm Testing QLD is a specialist job. Electricians, like the team at Smoke Alarm Solutions must have a thorough understanding of current Australian Standards and be well versed in Queensland’s new Smoke Alarm Legislation Act including dead air locations.

The overhaul of Queensland’s Smoke Alarm Legislation Act, which will come into effect 1 January 2022 and impact the state’s 550,000 rental properties.

Introduced following an inquest into the tragic death of 11 people in a house fire at Slacks Creek in 2011, the legislation means every Queensland rental must:

- Have smoke alarms installed in every bedroom;
- Have smoke alarms powered by either 240 volt or 10-year lithium batteries;
- Have interconnected smoke alarms;
- Have photoelectric smoke alarms;
- Ensure smoke alarms meet Australian Standard 3786:2014.

The deadline is rapidly approaching and exclusive new research compiled by Smoke Alarm Solutions has discovered a frightening number of residents are yet to implement Queensland’s new Smoke Alarm Legislation Act.

As of 1 June 2019, there are 662 working days until the legislation becomes law. Using current implementation rates, more than 800 rental properties a day must be upgraded for the Sunshine State to be compliant by the looming 1 January 2022 deadline.

Smoke Alarm Solutions, in partnership with the Real Estate Institute of Queensland have notified Property Managers about the dangers of not complying by the deadline date.

Mr Davis said there could be serious consequences if Property Managers and landlords are not compliant by 1 January 2022.

“Properties will be unrentable and landlord insurance could be rendered void, Mr Davis said.

“We’re about to reach the tipping point. Property managers and landlords have 31 months to upgrade their Townsville rental properties. If things don’t change, and fast, this goal will be unreachable.

“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 the new Smoke Alarm Legislation Act.

Smoke Alarm Solutions is the largest provider of smoke alarm compliance and maintenance services to the Australian real estate industry and is ten times the size of its nearest Smoke Alarms QLD competitor.

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 and sessions, as well as partnering with the REIQ at their education events.

To help educate residents about the growing problem and Queensland’s new smoke alarm legislation, Smoke Alarm Solutions hosts regular local events.