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 their rental property is fitted with the required number of working smoke alarms compliant with Australian Standard 3786:2014 in correct positions. Additionally, the law states that smoke alarms must be properly maintained. Smoke alarms must be tested in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, batteries changed annually, and alarms cleaned to remove dust. Landlords have a duty of care to ensure their rental property is always compliant to this legislation.
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 188.8.131.52. This legislation is applicable to all states of Australia.