Whenever we meet a new landlord, part of our conversation around preparing the property for the rental market includes a discussion of smoke alarm compliance and testing. Often, landlords may be unaware of their obligations, while others have a limited understanding of what appropriate smoke alarm testing and compliance entails.
In this post we discuss the primary elements of smoke alarm law in NSW as it impacts landlords, and address the question of whether landlords should feel satisfied with testing smoke alarms themselves.
What Is The Law Around Smoke Alarms In NSW?
As at August 2019, a summary of the law surrounding smoke alarms in NSW is found on the Fire And Rescue NSW site, and includes the following:
Updated Smoke Alarm Regulations For Landlords Effective 23 March 2020
From 23 March 2020, all NSW landlords must ensure that smoke alarms installed in the rented property are in working order. A penalty will apply for landlords who fail to comply.
The existing provision that allows landlords to enter the property without consent has been extended to specifically include inspecting or assessing the need for repairs to, or replacement of, a smoke alarm if proper notice has been given to the tenant.
Information for landlords
To ensure smoke alarms installed in the rented property are in working order, a landlord must:
Information for tenants
Do I Need To Engage A Professional Smoke Alarm Testing Company Or Can I Test Myself?
Importantly, many landlords do not realise that simply pushing the "test" button on the device and replacing the battery does not constitute testing, as they must be tested in accordance with AS3786. Certification that the detector works under a fire situation is deemed a formal test, and this is something which a professional testing company can provide which many landlords cannot themselves.
The smoke alarm testing professionals we engage complete the following for a single low annual fee:
Is Your Property Compliant With Smoke Alarm Legislation?
If you are a landlord reading the above and you have any doubts as to the level of compliance your property has, we strongly recommend contacting us to arrange the appropriate testing be completed and scheduled ongoing.
Carnelian Property Management Newcastle NSW
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