Falsely certified properties hitting Townsville home owners and private landlords in the hip pocket

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Exclusive new research has discovered one in three rental properties have been falsely certified as adhering to Queensland’s new smoke alarm legislation.

In the past month (March), Smoke Alarm Solutions has inspected 500 properties and discovered 190 homes (38 per cent) have been falsely certified.  

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

“Rectification work can be expensive, costing home owners and private landlords more than $1,000 to fix dodgy work,” Mr Davis said.

“We’ve discovered the tip of the iceberg. I shudder to think how many Townsville 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.”

To help educate Townsville residents about the growing problem and Queensland’s new smoke alarm legislation, Smoke Alarm Solutions, in partnership with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is hosting a Townsville event.

Date:                     Thursday 23 May 2019

Where:                 Mercure Hotel (166 Woolcock Street, Townsville)

Time:                     5pm – 7pm

The overhaul of Queensland’s smoke alarm legislation will come into effect on 1 January 2022 and require every Townsville rental property to have:

  • Smoke alarms installed in every bedroom;
  • Smoke alarms powered by either 240 volt or 10-year lithium batteries;
  • Interconnected smoke alarms;
  • Photoelectric smoke alarms;
  • Smoke alarms which meet Australian Standard 3876:2014.

Despite the looming deadline, the vast majority of home owners and private landlords are yet to implement Queensland’s new smoke alarm legislation.

As of 1 May 2019, there are 682 working days until the legislation becomes law. Using current implementation rates, 799 rental properties a day must be upgraded for the Sunshine State to be compliant by the 1 January 2022 deadline.

Mr Davis said there could be serious consequences if rental properties are not compliant by 1 January 2022.

“Rental properties will be unrentable and landlord insurance could be rendered void,” Mr Davis said.

“We’re about to reach the tipping point. Home owners and private landlords have 32 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 smoke alarm compliance.”

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 professional competitor across Queensland.

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.