From 1 January 2022, landlords must install interconnected smoke alarms in residential rental properties. This means that when one goes off, they all go off, giving everyone extra time to escape.
As a landlord if your property is not compliant on time you won’t be able to legally rent it, resulting in potential:
The laws require smoke alarms in residences to be:
1 January 2017 – Houses and units approved to be built or substantially renovated after 1 January 2017 must comply.
1 January 2022 – All houses or units being sold or leased, or existing leases renewed, need to comply before the next lease that commences.
1 January 2027 – All other dwellings must comply.
There are two types of smoke alarms, photoelectric and ionisation. Ionisation smoke alarms (the older type) can be slow to react and may not give you or your loved ones enough time to escape.
That’s why there’s new legislation to install photoelectric smoke alarms, which have been proven to be more effective at detecting smoke from a range of domestic type fires. The new laws aim to protect the lives of every resident, by creating safer homes and one unified smoke alarm system
Upgrading your smoke alarms today could save a life.