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A quick word on smoke alarms and rentals

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Landlords or agents must clean and test each smoke alarm within 30 days before each tenancy renewal or change.

Also, every smoke alarm and battery needs to be replaced before the expiry date.

The legislation prohibits the transfer of those responsibilities to the renter.

It costs $99* per year to have a specialist company service an investment property’s smoke alarms and also protect you from potential fines and litigation.

You may be insured but should you not comply with the laws you could void your insurance policy and expose yourself to financially crippling legal fees and costs, and of course the personal anguish in case you need to take care of a personal injury issue.

By saving this minimal cost are you really doing yourself any favours? In my mind the answer is – NO!

Every landlord in Australia has a legal responsibility to ensure the property they rent out to tenants meets Federal and State smoke alarm laws for your tenant’s security.

It is the landlords responsibility to make sure their rental property is correctly fitted with the required number of working smoke alarms, complying with the Australian Standard (3786), and they’re installed as outlined in the Building Code of Australia.