If you’re not alarmed, you should be. Smoke alarms are now compulsory in all rental homes.

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Since the new regulations which came into force on 1 July 2016, Landlords must have the right type of smoke alarms installed in the right places.

All new or replacement smoke alarms must be long-life photoelectric smoke alarms with a battery life of at least eight years that meet the required product standards, or a hard-wired smoke alarm system.

A landlord who fails to comply with smoke alarm obligations is committing an unlawful act and may be liable for a penalty of up to $4,000, while a tenant who fails to comply with their responsibilities may be liable for a penalty of up to $3,000.

For all the information you need on what is required in your property, you can visit the site here.