Following the death of a 55 year old man in a rental house fire, Deputy State Coroner issued a harsh reminder to all Landlords.The annual smoke alarm compliance service, maintenance & testing in all residential rental & holiday accommodation properties is the sole responsibility of the property owner
Residential Tenancies Regulation 2010, Residential Tenancy Agreement, Smoke Alarms, Clause 38
Smoke Alarm Annual Compliance Testing, Service & Maintenance
Landlords – It’s the LAW & it’s YOUR responsibility
The Legislative Standards require Landlords of all residential tenancy & holiday rental accommodation properties ensure an Annual Smoke Alarm Compliance Service, Inspection & Test is conducted. This legally required compliance test MUST include –
- Correct placement, location & number of smoke alarms
- All smoke alarms are not past expiry date (10 years from date of manufacture)
- Alarms tested annually with both manual test button & simulated smoke
- Alarms have a decibel reading greater than 85 to wake sleeping residents
- New batteries installed every 12 months & with change of tenancy
- A Compliance Certificate is issued
landlords have been warned by their insurers:
If a property does not comply with Smoke Alarm Legislation & Regulations the insurers have the right to deny cover in the event of a fire, particularly if the fire results in injury or death of the occupants”
The annual inspection conducted by Strata Management companies is an fire safety inspection of the building, Only 80% of the building needs to be tested to be compliant. This leaves 20% of the building non tested & potentially unsafe. A Smoke Alarm Compliance Certificate is not issued for each individual apartment therefore is not sufficient or comprehensive enough to meet residential tenancy legislation & regulations.
Central Coast Smoke Alarm Services’ $75.00 all inclusive Annual Agreement ensures you are completely protected under all smoke alarm & fire safety Legislation & Regulations.
Is it worth taking the RISK for a tax deductible $1.45 per week?
Smoke alarm residential & holiday rental property compliance is a mandatory legal requirement under Residential Tenancies Regulation 2010 Schedule & Fair Trading Residential Tenancy Agreement Sections 38 & 39.
The services & systems provided by Central Coast Alarm Services makes your legal obligations easy to implement, achieve & maintain – taking away risk & giving you peace of mind.
Central Coast Smoke Alarm Services is dedicated to bring you peace of mind, excellent customer service with reports & certificates promptly provided in a format convenient to you, complete the services & tests to the highest standard & will remind you when the Annual Smoke Alarm Compliance Test is due for retest.
Call today for a FREE quote or to discuss how we can help keep you protected, save you time & safe from possible litigation.
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