Smoke alarms are compulsory in all rental properties, and have been since 1 July 2016. Both landlords and tenants are responsible for maintaining smoke alarms:

  • Landlords must make sure smoke alarms work at the start of each new tenancy.
  • Tenants must not damage, remove, or disconnect a smoke alarm, and need to replace dead batteries during the tenancy (if these are older-style smoke alarms with replaceable batteries).
  • Tenants must let the landlord know if there are any problems with the smoke alarms as soon as possible.
  • Landlords can enter a rental home to comply with smoke alarm requirements (after 24 hours’ notice) between 8am and 7pm.
  • Landlords and tenants could be fined up to $4,000 for not meeting their obligations.

In boarding houses, landlords must replace expired batteries in the common areas of boarding houses like hallways and kitchens, and tenants must replace expired batteries in their rooms.