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Smoke Alarm Update

If you’re an investor, and you own a rental property, it’s vital to keep your smoke alarm compliant.

When you think of smoke alarms, what immediately springs to mind? Has dad burnt the sausages again? There are all sorts of reasons for triggering a smoke alarm, and most of the time they are minor issues. But, if you are an investor or landlord - smoke alarms are serious business and should be the top of your property management checklist.

Did you know? Legislation is changing and you need to be compliant – as per the Australian Standard (AS) 3786-2014

As an investor, here is a basic overview of what you need to know:

  • The new legislation only relates to Class 1a buildings (houses / townhouses) and class 2 buildings (units / apartments).
  • Time is ticking; you have until January 1st 2022 to ensure you are compliant.
  • All smoke alarms need to be powered by either 240-volts or 10 year lithium batteries, and need to be installed by a qualified electrician on each storey; in each bedroom; and all the smoke alarms need to be interconnected.
  • All smoke alarms must be photoelectric rather than ionisation.
  • If your existing smoke alarms are older than 10 years, or if they fail to operate when they are tested they MUST be replaced.
  • If they’re replaced, they must be replaced with (AS) 3786-2014 compliant photoelectric smoke alarms.
  • Smoke alarms must be installed on the ceiling, and they need to be 300mm from corners or light fittings, and 400mm from appliances such as air conditioners or ceiling fans.
  • If you are renovating and you have engaged a building certifier to assess and approve the work, the certifier will determine what smoke alarms are required – in accordance with the NCC and Building Regulation 2006.

If you’re not sure if your property is compliant, visit our Home Rentals Qld website at:

For more detailed information, please click on the following link:

Smoke Alarm Installation Fact Sheet.

You can also direct your enquiries to the Queensland Government helpline on 13 QGOV (13 74 68), or email your enquiries to:
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