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From 1 January 2022, for any domestic dwelling where a new tenancy starts or an existing tenancy is renewed the Act requires smoke alarms in the dwelling to:

  • 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. 

Managing Agents and Landlords:

In addition to the above legal requirements, within 30 days before the start of a tenancy in a domestic dwelling, the landlord / lessor must test and clean each smoke alarm in the leased property. The landlord / lessor must also replace each battery that is spent. 

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From 1 January 2022 for domestic dwellings being leased, released or sold, all battery operated smoke alarms must be 10 year non-removable battery smoke alarms.

From 1 January 2022, for any domestic dwelling being sold, the Act requires smoke alarms in the dwelling to:

  • 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. 

Sellers of residential properties:

From 1 January, if you are selling a residential property in Queensland and enter into a Contract of Sale with a buyer, you must have smoke alarms installed in the property that comply with the legislative requirements as listed above 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.

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This means that if one smoke alarm detects smoke, all smoke alarms will sound. Interconnected smoke alarms in the dwelling either directly or wirelessly.

Within 30 days before the start of a tenancy in a domestic dwelling, the lessor/landlord must test and clean each smoke alarm in the dwelling. During a tenancy in a domestic dwelling, the tenant must test and clean each smoke alarm in the dwelling, at least once every 12 months.

 

A renewal or extension of an existing tenancy agreement is also deemed to be the start of a new tenancy agreement. For example if the tenant stayed for 6 months and another tenant moved in, the lessor would need to test and clean the smoke alarms within 30 days prior to the new lease starting. Even if the tenant only stayed for 2 months the lessor would still need to test and clean prior to the new lease taking effect.

 

‘Test’ has a definition in the legislation and it is by pressing the ‘test’ button or as stated in the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

‘Clean’ also has a definition in the legislation and that is “in the way stated in the manufacturer’s instructions”, which is normally vacuuming.  

 

Usually the lessor/landlord’s real estate agency employs a company like Safety Squad that specialises in smoke alarm installations and servicing to manage the compliance requirements for them.

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From 1 January 2022, if you are selling a residential property in Queensland and enter into a Contract of Sale with a buyer, you must have smoke alarms installed in the property that comply with the legislative requirements 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.

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Yes. The regulatory authority of the domestic smoke alarm legislation in Queensland is the Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990 and the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008.

No, as the law only applies to domestic dwellings ie houses, townhouses, apartments and units.