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Smoke Alarm Legislation For Tasmania

Whether you are a landlord who lets residential properties in this part of Australia or you rent a home here, it’s important that you are familiar with smoke alarm legislation in Tasmania. To be specific, you should know what the Residential Tenancy (Smoke Alarms) Regulations 2012 and Table of Amendments contain. If you’re not sure what the regulations are or how they apply to you, the summary below will serve as a good primer.

What does Tasmania smoke alarm legislation mean for you?

If you own and let properties in Tasmania, you should be aware of the following requirements:

  • All rental properties must have smoke alarms fitted. These alarms must be completely functional and within their expiry date when a new tenancy agreement starts.
  • All alarms must be mains powered or fitted with a 10-year lithium battery that cannot be removed and complies with relevant Australian standards.
  • Where practical, smoke alarms must be installed on the ceiling or as near to it as possible.

The precise location and number of smoke alarms you need to install depends on the type of buildings you are letting. In the smoke alarm legislation in Tasmania, buildings are divided into 5 classes:

Classes of building and their smoke alarm requirements

The 5 classes of residential buildings in Tasmania and the smoke alarm requirements for each class are as follows:

1a. Houses/villas and townhouses — For this class, a smoke alarm should be installed in every corridor and hallway that leads to a bedroom. There should also be at least 1 smoke alarm in every storey of the building without bedrooms.

1b. Boarding houses and small guesthouses — Boarding houses and guesthouses with accommodation for up to 12 people must have a smoke alarm fitted in every bedroom. There should also be an alarm installed in every corridor and hallway that leads to a bedroom. Additionally, there must still be one on every storey of the building that does not have any bedrooms (in an exit path).

2. Apartments/blocks of flats — These must have smoke alarms in all corridors and hallways leading to bedrooms as well as in all storeys without bedrooms (again, in the exit path for each storey).

3. Large boarding houses — The requirements for class 3 buildings are the same as for class 2 buildings.

4. Caretaker flats/above-shop accommodation — If you are letting class 4 buildings, Tasmania smoke alarm legislation requires you to follow the same rules that apply to class 2 and 3 buildings.

If you are a tenant, the smoke alarm legislation Act in Tasmania requires you to perform regular inspections to check that every alarm in your accommodation is functioning properly.

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