In 2009, new smoke alarm regulations (Building Amendment Regulation 2009) came into effect which state all rental properties must be fitted with hard-wired (mains powered) smoke alarms. It also became the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that these smoke alarms were maintained and in working order at all times.

Changes to the Electricity Act 1945 that took effect on 9 August 2009 require all residential homes to be fitted with two residual current devices (RCD’s). As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your property has these RCD’s fitted before a new tenant takes up occupancy or before August 2011 for continuing tenancies. We’ve been informed that electrical inspectors will be monitoring leased properties for compliance. If your property is in breach, you could be facing a penalty of up to $15,000.

If you’re unsure of your responsibilities, or if you would like more information about installing smoke alarms and RCD’s, please contact us.

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