Smoke Alarm for Rental Properties as per QLD Legislation
with effect from 1st Jan. 2022

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A Guide on Smoke Alarms for Rental Properties Landlords as per QLD Legislation

From 1 January 2017

New smoke alarm legislation means all homes must install interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in every bedroom, in hallways, and on every level by 2027.

Photoelectric smoke alarms respond to a wide range of fires but are particularly responsive to smouldering fires and dense smoke, the most common type of household fire.

Having interconnected alarms means when one alarm is activated, all alarms will sound. The extra time that gives you can make all the difference.

Testing and cleaning smoke alarms

Within 30 days before the start of a tenancy in a domestic dwelling, the lessor/landlord must test and clean each smoke alarm in the dwelling.

During a tenancy in a domestic dwelling, the tenant must test and clean each smoke alarm in the dwelling, at least once every 12 months.

To test a smoke alarm, press the ‘test’ button. Cleaning should be done according to the manufacturer’s instructions, which is usually vacuuming.

Some real estate agents may outsource smoke alarm maintenance to another company with associated fees paid by the landlord.  The real estate may request a “certificate of compliance” from these companies as proof of service. This is not a legal requirement but may be part of the real estate agent’s internal process.