News & Industry Updates

Stay up-to-date on the latest smoke alarm related news. Read industry articles and media releases about changes to legislative requirements and handy tips on how to ensure your investment remains complaint.

News & Industry Updates

Stay up-to-date on the latest smoke alarm related news. Read industry articles and media releases about changes to legislative requirements and handy tips on how to ensure your investment remains complaint.

Just Over 100 Working Days Until New Legislation is in Force

Published July 2021

The new Queensland smoke alarm legislation is on our doorstep and Smoke Alarm Solutions is imploring property managers to act now and comply their rent rolls.

As the new legislation has been on the horizon for over five years, property managers and landlords should be aware of the new requirements. As legislation will be mandated from 1 January 2022, agents who have not started upgrading their rent rolls will soon have to face the consequences of not being able to legally rent out their non-compliant properties on the first lease renewal next year.

REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella says property managers should ensure their rent rolls are compliant as early as possible.

“Ensuring your landlords meet their smoke alarm compliance requirements before the deadline is essential,” Mercorella says.

“Not only is it a legal requirement but, more importantly, this legislation is about tenant safety and saving lives. Interconnected smoke alarms give tenants the best possible chance in escaping a deadly house fire.”

Smoke Alarm Solutions services one third of all residential rental properties in Queensland, which is more Queensland rental properties than any other smoke alarm provider.

Their data suggests concerning statistics and trends. Since the legislation was announced in 2016, uptake from some geographical areas has been extremely slow. The data indicates that most regions of Queensland have less than 35 per cent of their properties compliant to new legislation. With just over 100 working days until 1 January 2022, Smoke Alarm Solutions is gravely concerned for those agencies who are yet to put a plan in place to ensure they meet compliance.

As property managers know, January is the busiest time of the year for lease renewals. This means there will be extra demand placed on smoke alarm suppliers in January next year as property managers and landlords scramble to meet new requirements. To combat this likely last-minute rush, Smoke Alarm Solutions is urging property managers to book their smoke alarm upgrades now.

The average industry wait time for a 2022 upgrade is four to six weeks with some smoke alarm providers turning landlords away as they are at capacity. Smoke Alarm Solutions has increased its workforce to ensure they are able to upgrade as many properties as possible before 2021 comes to an end.

To help encourage early compliance, Smoke Alarm Solutions is currently giving a free Emerald Alarms Controller with every Queensland 2022 property upgrade requested from 6 July to 31 August 2021. The Controller allows tenants to effortlessly test, silence and locate triggered Emerald smoke alarms without needing to reach alarms on high ceilings. Visit the Smoke Alarm Solutions website here to get an instant 2022 quote to upgrade your property with Emerald Alarms.

Smoke Alarm Solutions is Australia’s leading provider of smoke alarm services to the real estate industry and is a trusted partner of the REIQ. Contact Smoke Alarm Solutions today on 1300 852 301 or email info@smokealarmsolutions.com.au to find out how they can provide a cost-effective and user-friendly solution to remove the liability and stress surrounding such an imperative and intricate set of guidelines involved with smoke alarm compliance. Don’t leave compliance up to chance. Ensure you deal with the experts.


 

Smoke Alarm Solutions is Australia's leading provider of smoke alarm services to the real estate industry.

Smoke Alarm Solutions is Australia's leading provider of smoke alarm services to the real estate industry.
  • 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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