With the clocks going back on 2 April, it’s a timely reminder to change the battery in your smoke alarm. Smoke alarms are an often-forgotten-about item on the ceiling of a property, but could help save your life or the lives of your tenants if a fire breaks out, so it’s imperative they are in good working order.
Tenants are responsible for changing the batteries in the smoke alarms in rented properties, however it is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure the smoke alarms are checked regularly and that they are working properly.
Your property manager can organise for a smoke alarm company to make an annual visit to your investment property to carry out the necessary checks and ensure your smoke alarm complies with current smoke alarm legislation. This includes checking number and placement of alarms, verifying expiry and checking for faults. This testing service is in the form of an annual contract with a licenced smoke alarm maintenance company.
Did you know that a smoke alarm has a 10 year expiry? If your smoke alarm has been in place for 10 years it must be replaced. Having a contract in place with a smoke alarm company via your real estate agent will make sure you stay on top of this obligation.
For more information on smoke alarm obligations, speak to your friendly Harcourts Kiama Property Manager.