Maintenance Of Smoke Alarms – Your Responsibilities As A Tenant

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Smoke alarms save lives. And with house fires occuring more frequently during the winter months, it makes good sense to ensure you go in to winter with working smoke alarms.

As a tenant, you have certain responsibilities. These include:

  1. Testing and cleaning (by vacuuming or dusting) smoke alarms at least once every 12 months
  2. Replacing any flat or nearly flat batteries
  3. Letting the property manager/landlord know if there is any issue with the smoke alarm (apart from batteries)
  4. Allowing the smoke alarm technician to enter the home to install smoke alarms
  5. Not removing a smoke alarm or the battery (other than to replace it) or do anything to reduce the effectiveness of the alarm (e.g paint or cover it).


You do not need to be qualified or licensed to clean or test a domestic smoke alarm. Tenancy rules permit entry into the home for the purposes of complying with smoke alarm legislation.

If you are unsure about your rights, talk to your property manager today.

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