Smoke alarms in rental properties

It's been nearly 2 years since smoke alarms became compulsory in rental properties.

Smoke alarms save life's
  • 25 May, 2018
  • smoke alarms, tenancy, Landlords, Renting

And while most rental properties in New Zealand will be compliant by now, there are still some landlords who continue to ignore this law.

The 2016 smoke alarm regulations of the Residential Tenancies Act state that all smoke alarms must be installed within 3 metres of each bedroom door, or in every room where a person sleeps.  In each level or story of a multi-story home.

In all rental homes, boarding houses, rental caravans and self-contained sleepouts.

All smoke alarms must be photoelectric, have a battery life of at least 8 years, or be hard-wired, be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and meet international standards.

Landlords must ensure smoke alarms are in working order, they are working at the start of each new tenancy and that a smoke alarm statement is displayed in the tenancy agreement.

Tenants must not damage, remove or disconnect smoke alarms. Replace dead batteries during the tenancy if they are the older style smoke alarms with replaceable batteries.

And let the landlord know if there are any problems with the smoke alarms as soon as possible.

Landlords and tenants that fail to comply with these regulations are liable for a fine of up to $5,000.

Remember Smoke Alarms save life's. 

LJ Hooker NZ

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