New South Wales Properties

Smoke Alarms

Building Legislation Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Act 2005 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Regulation 2006 have been law since 1 May 2006.

Under these laws, all NSW landlords must ensure that their rental property/s are fitted with the required number of working smoke alarms that comply with Australian Standard 3786-1993 and that they are correctly positioned in accordance with the Building Code of Australia. These alarms can be "hard-wired", or powered by a battery (landlord's choice).

Landlords must also ensure each smoke alarm is fully functional and has a new battery installed
before the start of a tenancy which includes any New Tenancy & Tenancy Renewals.

In addition landlords must replace smoke alarms before they reach the end of their service life. The service life of a smoke alarm is usually indicated by the warranty offered by its manufacturer.

Tenants are responsible for the maintenance and cleaning of smoke alarms
after commencement of occupancy only. It is the landlords responsibility to ensure the property meets with the legislation before the start of every tenancy.

Note:- At no time are Tenants responsible for the replacement of batteries in 'hard-wired' smoke alarm systems that have a battery back-up. This is the responsibility of the landlord.

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Safety Switches

In New South Wales it is not mandatory for existing properties to have Safety Switches installed, however as a risk management and safety measure, it is highly recommended that all homes have a working Safety Switch.