Do I need a Smoke Alarm Compliance certificate?

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Do I need a Smoke Alarm Compliance certificate?


This article is part of a series outlining the most important facets of preparing your investment property.

The most common question I am asked by landlords is, “What do I need to do to prepare my property for rent?”

The 9 most important steps are:

  1. Arrange A Bond Clean by A Professional
  2. Water Compliance
  3. Smoke Alarm Compliance
  4. Pool Safety Compliance
  5. General Maintenance And Repairs
  6. Gardening – Clean Up And Tidy Up
  7. Landlord Insurance
  8. Carpet Cleaning And Pest Control
  9. Have Photos Taken

In this issue we cover: Step 3

Landlords are responsible for the installation of smoke alarms in their investment properties that comply with new Smoke Alarm legislation, introduced on 1 January, 2017.

Existing smoke alarms manufactured more than 10 years ago, as well as any smoke alarms that do not operate when tested, must be replaced with photoelectric smoke alarms that comply with Australian Standard 3786–2014.

Within 30 days before the start of a new tenancy or a lease renewal in a rental property, the lessor/landlord must test and clean each smoke alarm in the property, or have it serviced by a smoke alarm servicing company that can provide a Smoke Alarm Compliance Certificate.

When using a smoke alarm servicing company like Smoke Alarm Solutions or Smoke Alarms Australia to regularly test smoke alarms as required by legislation, as well as replace any expired alarms, the property must remain compliant as evidenced by the Smoke Alarm Compliance Certificate. This document will be required by the insurance company should any claims arise due to fire related incidents.

In the General Tenancy Agreement signed by the tenants at the start of their lease, they do agree to regularly test the Smoke Alarms, but at Harts Property we take no chances with the physical safety of our tenants or the legal safety of our landlords. We ensure that the Smoke Alarms are in working order and batteries are not expired. So yes, a Smoke Alarm Compliance certificate with annual Smoke alarm Servicing is an essential part of preparing your property for rent.

From 1 January 2022, at the commencement of a new lease or lease renewal, you must ensure your dwelling / unit meets the requirements of the new domestic smoke alarm legislation. This may involve installing interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms into the bedrooms in addition to the currently required smoke alarms.

 Smoke Alarm compliance to New legislation deadline 1 January 2022

How much is your home worth today?

HOW MUCH INCREASE?

I’ve had some buyers tell me …”Yeah I know, the market has gone up a hundred grand.” Others say it’s up at least 10%. One thing is for sure, the lagging indicators of sale prices that find their way to the surface two or three months after settlement are not reflecting the current hype in the market. The official national figure for 2021 year-on-year dwellings growth is 5.9%.

WHAT DO WE DO?

Over the long-term real estate always seems to go up in value. So why sell now? Maybe you shouldn’t. Maybe holding on to solid assets that are rising in value is a good plan.

One of the benefits of an improved market is that it takes up the slack from previous problems. There were a lot of people that bought properties at the very peak of the market just before the GFC hit. Many of them were still sitting on assets two years ago that were worth less than they paid eleven years earlier.

Maybe this boom will allow them the liquidity to sell and move on.

Another old maxim is, “Buy in the gloom, sell in the boom”

Where are you in the financial cycle of your life? Are you feeling young and still accumulating all you can get your hands on, or is it time to take the win and set up for some golden years?

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