Rental Properties

Tenants

We understand that having someone enter your home might feel intrusive. We aim to make your property safe against the dangers in the most efficient manner possible. Our job is to make your property compliant to current legislation so that you and your family are fully protected and receive early warning in the event of house fire.

You will always be notified of our upcoming inspections via either a clear and informative letter in the mail, a text message, email or all three methods. Your safety is our number one priority.

Why do we need to access your home?

Your managing agent has a duty of care to ensure that your home is a safe environment. State and Federal Government legislation requires that every property has working smoke alarms.

As per current state legislation, namely the Building Legislation Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Act 2006, smoke alarms in Australian residential properties ‘must be functioning’ and must meet Australian Standards and must be SSL listed. The landlord of your property is responsible to ensure that smoke alarms are installed and maintained in residential premises.
Smoke Alarm Boar will be providing this service to ensure that all smoke alarms are tested, cleaned and maintained on an ongoing basis. This service also includes replacing 9 volt batteries where required - saving you any additional costs.

Landlords

Every landlord in Australia has an obligation to ensure the property they rent out to tenants meets certain State and Federal smoke alarm legislation. We make smoke alarm compliance a breeze by ensuring your obligations are met.

As a busy landlord, your time is precious. The last thing you want to do is organise access with tenants and familiarise yourself with detailed legislation and Australian Standards.

Don't leave your smoke alarm compliance up to chance - make sure you deal with the experts in their field.

Landlords must ensure their rental property is properly fitted with the required number of working smoke alarms, complying with the Australian Standard (3786), and they are installed as outlined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) part 3.7.2. This legislation is applicable to all states of Australia.

 

State Legislation
As of 1st July 2007, changes were applied to the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990, stating that every smoke alarm in a Queensland rental property requires ongoing maintenance. Under this legislation, Landlords or agents must test and clean each smoke alarm within 30 days prior to each tenancy change or renewal. Not only this, but each smoke alarm and battery must be replaced before the expiry date. The legislation prohibits the transfer of these responsibilities to the tenant.

New legislation as set out in the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008, requires Queensland landlords to ensure a higher level of safety in their rental properties. These new requirements, which need to be in place by 1st January 2022 for rental properties, necessitate the following additional measures, over and above the standards set out in the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990 and are as follows:

  • Smoke alarms must be installed in every bedroom of a home
    • All smoke alarms must be powered by either 240 volt or 10 year lithium battery
    • All smoke alarms must be interconnected to each other
    • All smoke alarms must be photoelectric rather than ionisation

There is an ongoing responsibility to have smoke alarms tested and cleaned within 30 days prior to each tenancy change or renewal

If you are a landlord or home owner, find out what is involved to meet these stringent new standards, click the appropriate link at the bottom of this page.

Smoke alarm maintenance is governed by both State and Federal legislation and any person who does not comply with the relevant legislation is guilty of an offence.

Landlords who fail to take every practical step to ensure the safety of their tenants can face a multitude of unpleasant and unwanted consequences that, with the right guidance, can be easily avoided. As a Property Manager, Landlords entrust you with one of their greatest investments, which is a sizeable responsibility to shoulder. Here at Smoke Alarm Boar, we aim to ease the burden in ensuring that your properties are compliant. Simply and efficiently.

 

Federal Legislation
Landlords must ensure that their rental property is properly fitted with the required number of working smoke alarms, complying with the Australian Standard (3786:2015), and that they are installed as outlined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) part 3.7.2.3. This legislation is applicable to all states of Australia.

Agents

Smoke Alarm Boar is a division under the Fire Boar parent company which has been providing Smoke Alarm service, maintenance, installation and certification for over ten years. Our aim is to provide a cost-effective and user-friendly service that will remove the liability and stress surrounding such an imperative and intricate set of guidelines involved with smoke alarm compliance.

Regardless of the size of your real estate agency, we will assist you look after your smoke alarm compliance needs in the most hassle-free method possible. Let us assist you meet your duty-of-care obligations to your landlords via our comprehensive service and streamlined processes.

Owner/Occupiers

  • Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than 10 years ago must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms which comply with Australian Standards (AS) 3786-2014. (Note: the date should be stamped on the back)
  • Smoke alarms that do not operate when tested must be replaced immediately.
  • Existing hardwired smoke alarms that need replacement, must be replaced with a hardwired photoelectric smoke alarm.
  • It is also recommended that:
    • smoke alarms be either hardwired or
    • powered by a non-removable 10-year battery; and
    • ionisation smoke alarms be replaced with a photoelectric type as soon as possible.
  • For the best protection smoke alarms should be installed on each storey:
    • in every bedroom
    • in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling
    • if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey; and
    • if there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm should be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.
  • All smoke alarms should be interconnected.
  • To get everyone out safely during a house fire, it is essential to also have a well-practised fire escape plan.

From 1 January 2027

  • All private homes, townhouses and units will require hardwired photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms. If a hardwired smoke alarm cannot be installed, non-removable 10-year battery smoke alarms can be installed in place.
  • The legislation requires smoke alarms must be installed in the following locations:
    • on each storey
    • in each bedroom
    • in hallways that connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling
    • if there is no hallway, between the bedroom and other parts of the storey; and
    • if there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

About photoelectric alarms

Photoelectric alarms, also known as optical or photo-optical, detect visible particles of combustion and respond to a wide range of fires.

Exactly where should I place them

Where practicable smoke alarms must be placed on the ceiling.

Smoke alarms must not be placed within:

  • 300mm of a corner of a ceiling and a wall
  • 300mm of a light fitting
  • 400mm of an air-conditioning vent
  • 400mm of the blades of a ceiling fan.

There are special requirements for stairways, sloping ceilings, and ceilings with exposed beams.

Every dwelling is different so you will need to assess yours. Avoid installation in the following positions:

  • in dead air space. This is an area in which trapped hot air will prevent smoke from reaching the alarm. This space generally occurs at the apex of cathedral ceilings, the corner junction of walls and ceilings, and between exposed floor joists.
  • near windows, doors, fans or air-conditioners. Excessive air movement may prevent smoke and gases from reaching the smoke alarm or cause nuisance alarms.

Accidental alarms can be a nuisance and become dangerous if home owners remove the alarm batteries or disable an interconnected system to silence the alarm.

Nuisance alarms can be avoided by not placing alarms in or near kitchens where cooking smoke can set them off, or in or near bathrooms where steam often causes accidental alarms.

Also avoid insect infested areas, as insects flying into the alarm can trigger an alarm.