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The Development Act 1993 requires all landlords to comply with smoke alarm legislation in all residential rental properties.
Houses built since 1 January1995 must be equipped with hard-wired smoke alarms. All other houses must be equipped with either hardwired alarms or 9V battery powered smoke alarms. From 1st February 1998 when a house with a 9 Volt battery powered smoke alarm is sold, the owner has six months to install alarms which are hard-wired or powered by 10 year life, non-replaceable, non-removable batteries.
You must ensure that all alarms are tested and serviced every year, as well as every time a change of tenancy occurs. Batteries must also be replaced immediately once they become flat and any alarms on your property must be replaced before expire.
An insurer may avoid or delay a claim arising where the insured either consciously or through ignorance fails to comply with all statutory obligations or regulations imposed by the regulatory authority. We have an independent company that can annually service your properties smoke alarms to ensure they are compliant. They will provide a compliance certificate for insurance purposes.