Over the past 12 months, we have created multiple articles to inform our clients on the changes to the Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation.

Today, we will be talking specifically about the changes to legislation for Landlords.

The changes to legislation

From 1 January 2022, landlords must install interconnected smoke alarms in residential rental properties. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) states that “from 1 January 2022, at the commencement of a new lease or lease renewal, you must ensure your dwelling / unit meets the requirements of the domestic smoke alarm legislation. This may involve installing interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms into the bedrooms in addition to the currently required smoke alarms. For further information see below.”

Landlords and Renters – What you need to know

In a domestic dwelling, the lessor/landlord must test and clean each smoke alarm in the dwelling within 30 days before the start of a tenancy.

At least once every 12 months, tenants must test and clean each smoke alarm during a tenancy in a domestic dwelling.

How to test and clean a smoke alarm:

  • Press the ‘test’ button on the smoke alarm.
  • Cleaning should be done according to the manufacturer’s instructions, which is usually vacuuming.

The technical details

The QFES states that alarms must:

  • be photoelectric and comply with Australian Standards 3786 – 2014
  • not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
  • Be less than 10 years old; and
  • operate when tested; and
  • be interconnected with every other ‘required’ smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.

Ensure Your Building Is Compliant

2022 is fast approaching. At Star BMS we are proactive to ensure your building is compliant. We use qualified and experienced electrification and will ensure work is completed to a high standard. Protect your family and your investment by contacting Star BMS today.