The countdown is on – only 13 months to go!
More than four years ago, the Queensland Government passed new smoke alarm legislation based on the coroner’s findings following Australia’s worst fatal house fire, which occurred in 2011 at Slacks Creek in Brisbane’s south. The first stage of the legislation was introduced in 2017, with stage two requiring all rental properties and properties being sold needing to comply from 2022.
This new legislation means Queensland households will become the safest in the country and ensures occupants will be alerted to house fires as early as possible, with the new mandate for additional, interconnected photoelectric style smoke alarms required to be installed in bedrooms and other key areas of properties.
In what feels like the blink of an eye, we are now just over a year away from the 2022 deadline, meaning a landlord will not be able to legally rent out their Queensland property if it does not meet new requirements.
Based on Smoke Alarm Solutions’ research, a staggering 75% of the Queensland rental market still needs to be upgraded to new requirements. Given there are approximately 600,000 Queensland rental properties, it is now even more important to bear in mind the potential ramifications of non-compliance which include loss of rental income, fines from government bodies, breach of management from tenants and property insurance-related issues.
Whilst the introduction of the new legislation aims to enhance the safety of Queenslanders, it has led to an unprecedented influx of new entrants into the smoke alarm compliance market, which unlike established compliance providers, may not have a thorough understanding of the complex components of compliance.
Smoke Alarm Solutions have identified 37% of all properties they attended in the last 12 months where an upgrade to 2022 legislation was attempted by a third party, were non-compliant and needed to be rectified. 70% of these non-compliant properties had failed due to the installation of smoke alarms with the wrong Australian Standards or incorrect positioning. The average cost to rectify a property was $486, which would be an unwelcome surprise for landlords trying to meet requirements prior to a potential last-minute rush, price surges and lack of available providers.
This situation is not isolated to independent electricians or smaller operations. Smoke Alarm Solutions have seen non-compliance issues from multiple large companies, many of which have only moved into the Queensland market as we have edged closer to the upgrade deadline.
By choosing a reputable and experienced provider, the risks of non-compliance and financial loss are greatly reduced. Smoke Alarm Solutions is proud to be the leading provider of smoke alarm maintenance and compliance services in Australia and a proud Gold Corporate Partner of the REIQ. They provide free onsite quotes at each inspection to guarantee pricing, they conduct regular auditing of field team operations and provide ongoing training to ensure the highest service delivery standards for their clients.
Contact Smoke Alarm Solutions today on 1300 852 301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.