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Smoke Alarms

 

The Residential Tenancy Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Act 2012 requires smoke alarms to be installed in all Tasmanian rental properties. This means that all residential rental properties in Tasmania must have operational smoke alarms that are correctly located and maintained during occupancy.

From 1 May 2016, it became a requirement that smoke alarms be either mains powered or 10-year non-removable battery alarms.  

Residential Tenancy Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Act 2012 and Residential Tenancy (Smoke Alarms) Regulations 2012

The Residential Tenancy Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Act 2012 (the Act) requires smoke alarms to be installed in residential rental properties in Tasmania and took effect from 1 May 2013. The Act is supported by the Residential Tenancy (Smoke Alarm) Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) which set out detailed requirements regarding the:

  • Class of premises required to have smoke alarms
  • Type of smoke alarms required
  • Location of alarms in premises 
  • Obligations of property owners and tenants to maintain, test and clean smoke alarms
  • Premises required to have smoke alarms

All buildings that are tenanted under a residential tenancy agreement are required to be fitted with smoke alarms. The regulations require smoke alarms to be placed in tenanted premises that are:

  • Houses, town houses, villa units etc. (Class1a)
  • Small guest houses, boarding houses accommodating up to 12 persons (Class1b)
  • Apartments and blocks of flats (Class 2)
  • Larger boarding houses (Class 3)
  • Caretaker flats and residences above shops (Class 4)