Exclusive new data compiled by Smoke Alarm Solutions has identified Queensland’s new smoke alarm legislation early adopter hotspots.
Emerald is the most compliant Queensland town by percentage with 93 properties already adopting the new legislation which will make the state the safest in Australia in relation to fire safety.
Rockhampton is next followed by Mackay, the Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Cairns.
Already hundreds of Brisbane properties have also implemented the new smoke alarm legislation which will come into effect 1 January 2022 and impact every Queensland rental property, 390,000 landlords and 15,000 property managers and real estate agents.
Smoke Alarm Solutions CEO Cameron Davis said the deadline may seem years away, but there’s a range of benefits of being a new smoke alarm legislation early adopter.
“Landlords, property managers and real estate agents who choose to wait risk compliance providers being overwhelmed and unable to fit you in,” Mr Davis said.
“Acting now and making your property compliant will also eliminate the forecast shortage of electricians and possible prices increases.
“You also can’t put a price on peace of mind. By acting sooner you’re also prioritising your tenants’ safety.”
The new legislation will ensure a higher level of safety in all rental properties. By 1 January 2022 all rental properties in Queensland 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 3876:2014.
Property managers and landlords who do not comply by the deadline could face serious consequences, including hefty fines and possible jail time.
Mr Davis also said it is essential agents and landlords source reputable smoke alarm compliance and maintenance operators so tenants are fully protected and received early warnings in the event of a house fire.
Smoke Alarm Solutions is the largest provider of smoke alarm compliance and maintenance services to the Australian real estate industry.
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, as well as partnering with the REIQ at their events.
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.