From 1 January 2022, property owners of Queensland rental properties will not be able to enter into a new tenancy agreement without ensuring their property 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.
The above-mentioned changes are in addition to the legal requirements for smoke alarms which commenced July 1, 2007. The Fire and Emergency Services Act (1990) Qld requires minimum working smoke alarms be installed in a property, and that smoke alarms must be cleaned and tested within 30 days prior to the start of a new tenancy agreement contract or a tenancy renewal (which is new tenancy agreement contract). There is also an obligation to replace any alarms prior to their expiry and to replace any batteries in alarms if the battery is flat, or almost flat, at the time of cleaning and testing the smoke alarm.
We will be advising clients of their obligations leading up to 1 January 2022 and can arrange upgrades as required.