A reminder of nsw smoke alarm laws
Under the Residential Tenancies Act and Regulation:
- Landlords are liable for the fitting of smoke Detector in tenanted properties.
- Landlords have a right to access to leased property to instal smoke alarms after issuing the tenant a minimum of 2 days notice.
- Landlords and tenant are, are not allowed to remove a smoke alarm or interfere it from working. Only with a reasonable justification a tenant or landlord can do this.
- With a replaceable battery type smoke Detector the landlord is liable to replace a new battery at the start of a new tenancy agreement.
- After the lease has begun, the tenant is liable for replacing the battery if it is needed. There is an acceptation to the rule. If the tenant unable to physically change the battery they well need to let the landlord know. The landlord has the option of doing it themselves or hiring a company such as Smoke Alarm Testing Services — SATS.
- The tenant is not liable for changing batteries in hard wired systems type smoke Detector that include a battery back-up. In this situation the landlord is liable.
- The status report part of the tenancy agreement must be inclusive of a specific reference to smoke alarms systems that tenants and landlords are able to record on the existence and maintenance of smoke alarms at the start and finish of the tenancy.
For more information click here for more Information for landlords and Smoke alarms
If you are going to choose a Smoke Alarm Testing service be sure that they do the following;
- Survey your property to check the amount, type and position of smoke alarms currently installed.
- Inspect each smoke Detector for the best and secure installation.
- Clean and wipe smoke alarms
- Reinstall batteries in the alarms with easy to remove batteries.
- Verifiy the expiry date on all of the alarms.
- Check all the alarms for sound and volume.
- inspect all alarms for lite indicators.
- Certify that the alarms adhere to all the current Australian Codes and Standards.
- Reinstal alarms that are malfunctioning or past there expired date.
- Refit any existing alarms to make property compliant with Australian Codes and practices.
- Note all details in there database.
Servies like this will help cover your liability obligations when it come to the renting out your property.
About Jhai Mitchell
Jhai is an award winning Internet Marketing Real Estate Agent for Elders Toongabbie and Kings Langley. After running his own internet marketing business he has now set his own sites for the real estate industry. He observed that 90% of real estate agents did not know how to market themselves online. Jhai is now fixed on one goal. To teach real estate agents that they can market online so much better than they currently are.
Since then he has been consistently quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald and Real Estate Business online. He is a regular guest blogger on TheHomePage.com.au, sharing his expertise of marketing aspects for the Real Estate Industry. His biggest passions are his wife, martial arts, dogs and most of all property.