Smoke alarm compliance and your rental property
Every landlord in New Zealand has an obligation to ensure that the property they rent out meets certain smoke alarm legislation. Landlords that fail to take every practical step to ensure the safety of their tenants can face a multitude of unpleasant and unwanted consequences that, with our guidance, can be easily avoided. Smoke Alarm Professionals will make sure that your property is compliant, smoke alarms are adequately maintained, batteries are replaced and give you peace of mind; protecting you from insurance claims, personal injury or worse.
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Smoke Alarm Legislation
The Residential Tenancies Act
Changes to The Residential Tenancies Act now require smoke alarms in all rental properties as of 1 July 2016.
Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act make landlords responsible for ensuring that there are working smoke alarms installed in hallways within three metres of each bedroom door and on every level. These regulations also mean that landlords are responsible for ensuring that the smoke alarms are operational at the start of each new tenancy. Landlords who fail to comply with the newly implemented regulations will face the risk of receiving a financial penalty of up to $4,000.
By July 1 all properties that are covered by The Residential Tenancies Act must meet the following requirements;
- There must be a minimum of one working smoke alarm within 3 metres of each bedroom door and on every level in multi-storey units.
- In a self-contained caravan, sleep out or similar there must be a minimum of one working smoke alarm.
- The landlord is responsible for making sure smoke alarms are operational and have been correctly installed, as per the new regulatory requirements and manufacturers instructions, at the beginning of every new tenancy.
- The tenant is responsible for the replacement of any batteries and to ensure that the landlord is notified of any defective smoke alarms.
- Long life (10 year) photoelectric smoke alarms are now required where there are no existing alarms. When existing smoke alarms are replaced, the replacements must be long life photoelectric smoke alarms.
- All smoke alarms must be replaced by their expiry date as per the manufacturers recommended replacement date that is stated on the alarm.
- When smoke alarms are installed or replaced, you should ensure the alarms you purchase comply with the manufacturing standard AS3786:1993.
The Building Code - Clause F7 Emergency Warning Systems
In accordance with the Building Code, clause F7 Emergency Warning Systems, any newly built houses or those that have undergone alterations are required to have smoke alarms installed as follows;
- In multi-storey buildings, there needs to be at least one smoke alarm on each level
- On levels containing sleeping spaces, smoke alarms are to be located either in every sleeping space or within 3m of the sleeping space door.