Smoke alarm installation requirement on ALL rental properties
Landlords risk fines of up to $5,000 if they do not have an approved mains powered smoke alarm installed in their rental property.
WA State Government legislation (first introduced in October 2009) requires that mains powered smoke alarms must be fitted in all existing residential buildings.
Landlords have been required since 1 October 2011 to ensure they have a compliant smoke alarm installed in their rental property. Laws detailed in the Building Regulations Amendment 2009 state that a landlord has a duty of care to ensure that tenants in their rental property have properly installed and maintained smoke alarms.
Since 1997, newly constructed dwellings have been required to have a main’s powered smoke alarm installed by a qualified electrician. For properties where a tenancy agreement has been in place during this time, a compliance deadline of 1 October 2011 came in to effect. This means that even if a long term tenant has been living in the rental property, landlords are required to have a compliant smoke alarm installed.
It is important for landlords to understand their obligations to comply with the new legislation. Failure to act could result in landlords being fined $5,000. Aside from injury or death, insurance issues may arise from non-compliance, limiting or possibly even voiding potential future insurance claims should a fire occur.
In addition to the installation requirements, landlords will also be required to conduct sufficient maintenance on the alarms to ensure that they are in working order as well as replacing alarms every ten years.
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