Your Smoke Alarm Legislation questions answered
With 1 January 2022 fast approaching, it is a good reminder to install interconnected smoke alarms in your rental properties. Our team has pulled up the most frequently asked questions about the legislation but If you have any further questions after reading the below, please don’t hesitate to directly contact your Coronis Property Manager.
The main questions we have been asked so far are:
DO I HAVE TO UPGRADE THE SMOKE ALARMS IN MY PROPERTY?
Yes, you do. Landlords are responsible for the installation of smoke alarms that comply with new Smoke Alarm legislation, introduced on 1 January, 2017.
Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than 10 years ago, as well as any smoke alarms that do not operate when tested, must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms that comply with Australian Standard 3786–2014.
If you are not compliant by 1 January 2022, you will not be legally able to rent your property. You will be forced to lose any current tenants and cover the costs to find new ones.
CAN YOU REMIND US IN A YEAR, AS WE WANT TO WAIT AS THE GOVERNMENT COULD CHANGE THEIR MINDS AND EXTEND THE DATE?
From all our conversations with government representatives and industry bodies, this date is set in stone and will not be extended. The new legislation was introduced on 1 January 2017 giving all landlords five years to upgrade their investment property. Below are the timeframes provided, as listed on the Queensland Government website
To comply with legislation, interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms are required:
- From 1 January 2017: in all new dwellings and substantially renovated dwellings (this applies to building applications submitted from 1 January 2017).
- From 1 January 2022: in all domestic dwellings leased and sold.
- From 1 January 2027: in all other domestic dwellings.
HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST?
The legislation requires smoke alarms must be installed in the following locations:
- on each storey
- in each bedroom
- in hallways that connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling
- if there is no hallway, between the bedroom and other parts of the storey; and
- if there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.
Please ask your property manager to organise a quote for your specific property as this could change based on your floorplan.
MY INVESTMENT PROPERTY WAS ONLY BUILT IN 2019, DOES THAT MEAN IT IS ALREADY COMPLIANT?
Yes, it should be. As part of a building approval process, requiring a Building Certifier, from 1 January 2017 all new homes and renovations should have the required smoke alarms installed pursuant to the requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC), formally known as Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Building Regulation 2006.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BUY?
According to QFES, “Smoke alarms must comply with the Standard AS 3786-2014. The body of the alarm must be marked with AS3786-2014.” APM Solutions (our preferred smoke alarm maintenance company) is more than happy to provide a quote for your property to be upgraded with the required smoke alarm system. If you are ready to upgrade your smoke alarms now, all you need to do is advise your Coronis property manager that you would like a quote and they can organise one for you. Alternatively, you can click here and request a quote online now via the APM Solutions website
If you would like further information, please refer to this QFES information sheet.