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New Legislation – Smoke Alarm Compliance

Landlords that have existing annual testing carried out by SATS (Smoke Alarm Testing Services) will not have to make any changes.  All other landlords will need to decide who they want to appoint to carry out their annual smoke alarm maintenance.

To protect our clients & comply with all of the new legislative requirements, we recommend that SATS (Smoke Alarm Testing Services) be engaged to look after your properties.  SATS will ensure that smoke alarms installed in the rented property are compliant & provide compliance certification.  There is a relatively cost effective annual fee for this service.

The new legislation requires the following compliance to be undertaken by an authorised person:

  • carry out annual checks to ensure all smoke alarms installed at the property are in working order by an authorised person.
  • Replace a removable battery in all smoke alarms in the period specified by the smoke alarm manufacturer (for a removable lithium battery), or otherwise
  • Annually repair or replace a smoke alarm that is not working within two days of becoming aware that it is not working.
  • Replace a smoke alarm with a new smoke alarm within 10 years from the manufactured date, or earlier if specified by the smoke alarm manufacturer.


Details required for every property & for every smoke alarm:

There are particular details regarding the smoke alarms that must now be recorded.  The authorised person must report the following information at the commencement of each tenancy, on an annual basis & in the event of a fire:

  1. Smoke alarm locations of every unit
  2. Power supply for every unit
  3. Make  & Model number of every unit
  4. Expiry date of every unit
  5. dB reading for every unit
  6. Date of last battery change for every unit