43% of third-party upgrades were falsely certified


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.

  • A very responsive team and good follow up with our tenants in arranging inspections. We purchased rent rolls from other agencies and the transition of the smoke alarm services from the previous agencies to us is easy and seamless! We are confident with the teams’ services and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone!

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  • As a Principal of a Real Estate agency, we are always diligent to ensure that the agency and our properties meet all current legislation and compliance. After using several different companies for Smoke Alarm compliance over the years, none compare to the professionalism of Smoke Alarm Solutions.

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  • As a Property Manager, I've found Lisa (Business Development Manager) to be an asset to the company, and of great assistance to us. She has regularly kept in contact, and never too busy to find the answers to our questions. The service team have attended when requested and the compliance reports sent through promptly. We look forward to our continued collaboration.

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  • All Smoke Alarm Solutions staff are well versed in the current and new upcoming legislation and are always helpful and professional from the administration team to the technicians attending on site. Respectful of our tenants and the property, the technicians are fantastic. The invoices and quotes are easy for our Landlords to read and understand.
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  • We returned to Smoke Alarm Solutions after using a smaller company, we were tired of our calls not being returned and waiting for invoices. When we transferred back nothing was a hassle and Brendan went out of his way to make our job as Property Managers easier. Our tenants and Landlords have peace of mind with the 24/7 emergency service and now receive invoices within 24 hours of the job being carried out.

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  • Ironfish have been working with Smoke Alarm Solutions for a number of years now, and we found them to be professional and on top of the legislations. Bonnie Hutchison, in particular has been wonderful to deal with. A true star for their company!

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  • Smoke Alarm Solutions even offered a free information training session to help to further educate our property management staff. The new online portal is an absolute dream for us busy professionals and is just another reason why we cannot recommend Smoke Alarm Solutions enough.

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  • Thank you for all the assistance you provide our team. You and your team are always, experienced, prompt and helpful with everything we ask.
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  • There are a lot of other companies out there that will dazzle you with their selling skills, promise you the world and may even offer cheaper rates but after taking over a rent roll of hundreds to find that owners were being charged by another company but not one property was actually visited or met the required criteria, we just wouldn’t risk giving our business to anyone but Smoke Alarm Solutions. Professional, ethical and by far the best smoke alarm specialist around!
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