New Fire Alarm legislation

New Fire Alarm legislation

The Queensland Government has just passed new legislation regarding smoke alarms that may directly affect rental property owners.
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The State Government has just passed new legislation governing smoke alarms and this may directly affect some clients. For dwellings being sold, leased, or when an existing lease is renewed, the policies are as follows in the below table.

Please note for most existing dwellings, there are no immediate changes required as long as the property is compliant with current policies.

However if a dwelling is being constructed or significantly renovated, then the new policies need to be followed. We will of course be happy to work with owners to ensure that all of the properties we manage are fully compliant.

From January 2017 From January 2022
Requirements as for existing dwellings.

 

Existing landlord’s and tenant’s obligations regarding the installation and testing of smoke alarms continue.

 

Property sellers must lodge a Form 24 with the Queensland Land Registry Office stating the requirements of the new smoke alarm legislation have been met.

 

Smoke alarms in the dwelling must:

1.     i)  be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014); and

2.     ii)  not also contain an ionisation sensor; and

3.     iii)  be less than 10 years old; and

4.     iv)  operate when tested; and

5.     v)  be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.

 

Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey:

1.     i)  in each bedroom; and

2.     ii)  in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling; or

3.     iii)  if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey; and

4.     iv)  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.

 

Smoke alarms must be hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery.

 

For more information visit: https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/community-safety/smokealarms/Documents/New-Smoke-Alarm-Legislation.pdf