Home Fire Safety
Smoke Alarms in Rental Properties
From 1 May 2016 ALL smoke alarms in rental properties are required by law to be either mains powered or have a 10 year non-removable battery.
The tenant and the property owner share responsibility to ensure alarms work.
Property Owner Responsibilities
- Install either mains powered or 10 year non-removable battery alarms.
- Clean, test and ensure all alarms are operating prior to new occupancy.
- Replace back up batteries in mains powered smoke alarms.
- Replace alarms every 10 years.
- Test and clean alarms.
- Report faults to owner/manager.
- Notify owner/manager of any fire safety concerns.
For further advice: www.consumer.tas.gov.au/renting/smoke_alarms
Generally, in a rental property a smoke alarm must be installed in every hallway near a bedroom and on each level of a multistorey home. These are minimum requirements and owners are encouraged to install additional smoke alarms to increase the level of early warning for tenants in the event of a fire.
Fire Services strongly recommend placing a smoke alarm in each sleeping area (bedroom), hallway, living area and at the top of stairways.