Landlords Duty Of Care
Smoke alarm compliance
Landlords are responsible for fitting smoke alarms in rented properties.
In regards to the maintenance of the alarms, we encourage you to use the Landlord Service by our recommended provider Smoke Alarms Australia (SAA) who will attend the property yearly and ensure all alarms are working and change the batteries. They will also attend the property at the change of each tenancy.
Although it is predominately the tenant’s responsibility to maintain the smoke alarms during the tenancy, often they do not, and if they do there is no proof of the maintenance or changing of the batteries. In the instance a fire does break out at the property, your building insurer will ask if you have proof the batteries have been changed. This is why we suggest you use SAA, as we are able to keep a record every time they attend.
For an affordable fixed rate, SAA will ensure your properties are fully compliant with State and Federal legislation and your duty of care obligations are upheld.
Please see the links below for some further information and documents on Smoke Alarms Australia or contact us to learn more.