Smoke alarm maintenance is governed by both State and Federal legislation and any person who does not comply with the relevant legislation is guilty of an offence.
Landlords who fail to take every practical step to ensure the safety of their tenants can face a multitude of unpleasant and unwanted consequences that, with the right guidance, can be easily avoided. As a Property Manager, Landlords entrust you with one of their greatest investments, which is a sizeable responsibility to shoulder. Here at Smoke Alarm Solutions, we aim to ease the burden in ensuring that your properties are compliant. Simply and efficiently.
Landlords must ensure that their rental property is properly fitted with the required number of working smoke alarms, complying with the Australian Standard (3786:1993), and that they are installed as outlined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) part 188.8.131.52. This legislation is applicable to all states of Australia.
Section 707 of the Building Regulations 2006 and the Practice Note 2006-27 from the Building Commission reiterates what is set out in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part 184.108.40.206. That is, Landlords must ensure their rental property is fitted with the required number of working smoke alarms compliant with Australian Standard 3786:2015 in correct positions.
Additionally, the Practice Note 2006-27 states that smoke alarms must be properly maintained as outlined in Part 12 of the Building Regulations. Smoke alarms must be tested in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, batteries changed annually and alarms cleaned to remove dust. Landlords have a duty of care to ensure their rental property is always compliant to this legislation.