Queensland’s largest smoke alarm compliance provider has warned against waiting until the eleventh hour to adhere to upcoming legislation changes.
The overhaul of Queensland’s smoke alarm legislation comes into effect 1 January 2022 and will impact every one of the state’s estimated 550,000 rental properties.
Agents and landlords who do not comply could face serious consequences, including hefty fines and possible jail time.
Smoke Alarm Solutions CEO Cameron Davis said it’s safer, smarter and cheaper to act now.
“I don’t want a repeat of the pink bats fiasco or the pool fence compliance debacle,” Mr Davis said.
“There were tragic repercussions because everyone waited until the last moment.
“If I was a real estate agent or landlord I’d be acting now to ensure the properties under my care were compliant with the upcoming smoke alarm legislation changes.
“You can’t put a price on peace of mind and safety.”
The new legislation will ensure a higher level of safety in all rental properties. By 1 January 2022 all rental properties in Queensland must:
- Have smoke alarms installed in every bedroom;
- Have smoke alarms powered by either 240 volt or 10 year lithium batteries;
- Have interconnected smoke alarms;
- Have photoelectric smoke alarms.
- Ensure smoke alarms meet Australian Standard 3876:2014
Mr Davis said it is vital agents and landlords source reputable smoke alarm compliance and maintenance operators so renters are fully protected and receive early warnings in the event of a house fire.
“The legislation changes has seen dodgy smoke alarm compliance providers and industry cowboys with limited experience popping up all over the place,” Mr Davis said.
“If your smoke alarm compliance provider places profit above safety, it’s time to find a new provider.”
Smoke Alarm Solutions is the largest provider of smoke alarm compliance and maintenance services to the Australian real estate industry.
The company provides a comprehensive risk-mitigation service down Australia’s eastern seaboard, which ensures landlords do adhere to their legislative responsibilities, property managers meet their duty of care requirements and tenants are safe from the dangers of fire.
Smoke Alarm Solutions has also been proactive in educating the sector via its informative investor and Property Manager new legislation breakfasts, as well as working in concert with REIQ at their events.
Smoke Alarm Solutions primary aim is to provide a cost-effective and user-friendly service that will reduce the liability and stress surrounding such an imperative and intricate set of guidelines involved with smoke alarm compliance.