selling property

Are your prospective sellers thinking of listing their property for sale?

Do you have properties listed for sale now?

Is each property to be sold compliant with the smoke alarm legislation?

What you need to know

From 1 January 2022, if you are selling a residential property in Queensland and a seller enters into a Contract of Sale with a buyer, the seller must have smoke alarms installed in the property that comply with the legislative requirements as listed below and give notice to the buyer that Compliant Smoke Alarms have been installed at the property.

Failure to comply with the legislation is an offence under the Act.

Legal requirements for any domestic dwelling being sold:

  • Be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014)
  • Not contain an ionisation sensor
  • Be less than 10 years old
  • Operate when tested
  • Be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so they all activate together
  • Be hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10 year battery, or a combination of both may be allowed.

Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey of the dwelling:

  • In each bedroom
  • In hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling
  • If there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey
  • If there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.

next steps

We understand that selling can be very stressful for your sellers, so we act quickly with fast turnaround services, allowing them (and you) to relax knowing the property complies with the legislative requirements of selling.