The Victorian State Government have announced changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) that will increase mandatory safety obligations. If you rent a house/townhouse or unit/apartment to tenants in Victoria, you are directly affected by the changes to the smoke alarm legislation and you need to know how these changes impact you. To learn more about the upcoming changes, please click here.
Current Requirements means the legislative requirements stipulated by the Victoria Building Act 1993; Residential Tenancies Act 1997; and the Electricity Safety Act 1998 applicable to existent smoke alarms and smoke alarm installations and related electrical work (if applicable). Considerations around compliance of the smoke alarms at the Inspection Address are the types of smoke alarms and smoke alarm installations, build dates, including dates of significant renovations, and building classes.
Landlords must ensure that their rental property is properly fitted with the required number of working smoke alarms, complying with the Australian Standard (3786:2014), and that they are installed as outlined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) part 220.127.116.11. This legislation is applicable to all states of Australia.