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.

New Requirements for QLD Properties Being Sold From 2022

Published August 2021

Hannah Stirling is the National Sales Manager for Smoke Alarm Solutions and explains the new legislation and ramifications of non-compliance to Queensland real estate agents and homeowners wanting to sell their properties in light of the 2022 legislation.

Over the last five years, there has been a lot of focus on the latest smoke alarm requirements for Queensland rental properties but some Real Estate Agents might also be in for a shock in 2022, as the legislation will also impact them.

From 1st January 2022, any Queensland property sold, regardless of when it was built or if it is owner-occupied or rented, will need to meet the new 2022 smoke alarm legislative requirements. That is, photoelectric smoke alarms must be installed in every bedroom of the home, be powered by either 240-volt or 10-year lithium batteries, be interconnected to each other and comply with the Australian Standard. 

Real Estate Agents will need to advise homeowners who are planning to sell their properties about the new requirements, so there are no surprises at settlement. Not only will the new legislation affect properties being sold from 2022, it is important to remember there will also be a backlog of rental properties which are yet to meet the new legislation requirements.

Smoke Alarm Solutions is experiencing a last-minute rush to ensure rental properties are compliant to the new measures. Demand is expected to increase even further as we edge closer to 2022. It is vital for salespeople to set the expectation with their vendors from the very first meeting. If the property does not meet the strict new smoke alarm requirements, the property sale might be in jeopardy. 

Smoke Alarm Solutions has been a key figure in compliance within the real estate industry for almost 15 years. As partners of the REIQ, we are here to assist in ensuring you aren't risking the sale of a property due to non-compliance. 

New smoke alarm legislation is complex and intricate. Over the past five years, Smoke Alarm Solutions has seen an influx of smaller, opportunistic businesses trying to capitalise on the change in legislation. By engaging a less experienced operation who does not have the specialised expertise in smoke alarm compliance, a property could still be non-compliant to new legislation following an attempted property upgrade.  This does not only mean an extra cost for the vendor but a property sale could be put at risk causing a great deal of unwanted stress for the seller and for the sales agent. 

To address the upcoming requirements for properties being sold from 2022, we have introduced our Seller's Compliance package which aims to make it as streamlined as possible to upgrade a property. For those extra urgent jobs, we can offer an express service which ensures a turnaround of just 48 hours. Currently, the industry standard is for smoke alarm providers to take four to six weeks to complete an upgrade to the new requirements. 

As we know, Queensland is in the midst of a property boom and properties are selling within days of listing on the market. With cash sales and shorter settlement times on the rise, it's important for sellers to arrange the upgrade to new legislation as soon as they list their property so that settlement isn't delayed. 

Smoke Alarm Solutions have lots of resources available to educate sellers such as educational literature, online videos and regular live webinars. You'll also have a dedicated Account Manager who'll be more than happy to answer any of the questions you or your sellers might have. 

Smoke alarm compliance will now be as commonplace as a pest and building inspection to ensure that settlement is completed. You don't want to be the real estate agent who's left their seller in the dark. We urge principals and sales agents to get in touch with us now. Talk to us today about how we can set up your sales team for success in 2022. We look forward to hearing from you.

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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