Smoke alarms save lives. Reports have found that the risk of death in a house fire is reduced by more than half if properly maintained smoke alarms are installed.
In a rental property, both the Lessor and the Tenant have obligations in place when it comes to Smoke Alarms. These obligations are set out in your Tenancy Agreement.
Tenants are responsible for the replacement of batteries that are spent, or are almost spent.
REMOVAL OF UNITS
Tenants must not remove the smoke alarms, unless required to do so to replace the battery. In the event that a unit is required to be removed, it must be reinstalled as soon as possible. Any damage caused to the unit or surrounding area due to misuse will be the responsibility of the tenant to repair.
Under the new legislation, Lessors are required to ensure that interconnected smoke alarms are installed in the property. When a unit faults, all alarms will alarm; however, to identify which unit is the cause of the fault, you will be required to do some troubleshooting.