Three Misconceptions About the Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation
Antonia Mercorella is the CEO of the REIQ. Here she clears up the misconceptions surrounding the new smoke alarm legislation and reinforces the urgency to act now to meet the 1 January 2022 deadline:
By now, most people should be aware of the new legislative requirements regarding smoke alarms in Queensland properties. However, three main misconceptions are surrounding these new laws.
The first misconception is the possible extension of the time frame. Now there's no indication from the government that they are looking to grant a time extension so the deadline of 1 January 2022 is absolutely the date that people are to work towards.
The second misconception is that we have plenty of time. 1 January 2022 sounds far away but it's not. Especially when you consider that there are around 566,000 rental properties in Queensland and a limited number of skilled electricians to conduct the work, the reality is that the deadline is just around the corner.
The issue of skilled electricians leads to the third misconception, which is that there are plenty of skilled electricians out there to undertake this work. But again, the reality is that we have a shortage of skilled electricians who understand the new legislative requirements.
Our concern is that people are waiting and that we won't have enough time to meet the pending deadline if people don't act today.
Not meeting the deadline does present some serious risks to property owners. If you are looking to rent your property, you will not be able to do so if it doesn't have compliant smoke alarms by 1 January 2022. Similarly, if you are looking to sell your property it will negatively impact the sale process. Therefore, property owners must have compliant smoke alarms by the deadline
The REIQ is very passionate about this legislation and that is because, at its core, this legislation is about saving lives. There is no Queenslander, there is no Australian who wants to see people losing their lives in house fires. Because of this, it is incredibly important everybody supports these legislative reforms.