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Smoke Alarm Facts and Information

Harcourts Newsletter



Are you concerned about your property becoming vacant in winter? It is common for landlords to think the best time for their property to become vacant is in Jan/Feb (perceived as peak period) and often our landlords make decisions regarding lease dates based around lining them up with the perceived peak periods.

Harcourts have analysed our letting numbers across all months and found it is actually fairly balanced market;

40 Properties let in August 2016
45 Properties let in July 2016
30 Properties let in June 2016

35 Properties let in May 2016
35 Properties let in April 2016
45 Properties let in March 2016

65 Properties let in February 2016
40 Properties let in January 2016
35 Properties let in December 2016

30 Properties let in November 2016
30 Properties let in October
25 Properties let in September





It is becoming a lot more common that tenants and the tenancy commissioner are coming down on owners to get any maintenance reported within a 28 day time frame.

Getting maintenance done within the 28 days is stated under the Residential Tenancy Act and a lot more tenants are now being informed of this.

Whether it’s a door handle that’s loose, or a fire place baffle plate that has bent, no matter the severity of the maintenance it all has to be completed within a 28 day period.

Unless it is of emergency, that is loss of an essential service then this must be repaired within 48 hours.
It is important to note that if maintenance reported to a landlord is not repaired within these time frames they can go to the commissioner who can then issue an order for repairs onto the landlord. This then gives the landlord one last time frame to get the repairs completed otherwise the landlord can be issued a fine up to 50 penalty points units.




New minimum standards were implemented on the 1st of August 2015. These new standards are required for a property to comply with consumer and fair trading and the Residential Tenancy Act in order to have your property tenanted.

  • Premises to be weatherproof and structurally sound
  • Cleanliness
  • Good repairs
  • Bathrooms and toilets to be provided and working
  • Adequate cooking facilities
  • Electricity
  • Fixed source of adequate heating
  • Window coverings in bedrooms and in living areas
  • Adequate ventilation (at least one window in every room should be able to open, exhaust fan in rooms that do not have windows (toilets, bathrooms etc)).




Are you getting lots of maintenance reported you by your tenants and Property managers but you don't have the money to get it all done especially the big expensive jobs?

We can help by putting you on a payment plan; this will assist in saving a certain amount of money from each month’s rent and putting it aside to go towards the next big maintenance job.
We can offer this service on a yearly basis  and have it completed before the end of the financial year, so you can claim it back straight away.




A lot of feedback on annual smoke alarms services it that all tradesman do is replace the battery and push the button to test it works the other question raised why does it need to be done annually if it has a 10 year battery life and I though it only had to be done at the start of each tenancy.

If you are on the annual smoke alarm service with either Tassam or Detector inspector they will;

  1. They will ensure the smoke alarms are installed in the right location in accordance with the building code.
  2. They will ensure the alarm is in date.
  3. They will test the battery
  4. Test that that the unit responds to smoke and,
  5. Test that the unit is sounding at the right decibel level. 

The residential Tenancy Act states that the alarms in rental properties must be checked within 30 days of a new tenancy.

That check when conducted by a qualified and insured company is only guaranteed for 12 months from the date it was done. Should there be a fire after the compliance period the liability would fall onto the owner and your insurance would not cover this.

Yes the smoke alarms have a 10 year battery life however there is no way for us to tell if the alarm ceases to work for any reason other than an annual check. Yes the manufactures gives a ten year life on the alarm however alarms are not failure proof.





On Saturday 6th of May, Harcourts Tasmania held their prestigious Annual Awards.  With over 235 in attendance representing 23 offices across the State it was a fantastic night.  Harcourts Launceston is pleased to announce our very own Aliesha Bennett won the 2016/2017 Property Management of the Year.  This is an incredible achievement and it could not have gone to a more dedicated Property Manager.  We now wish Aliesha the very best for the National Awards which will be held on the Gold Coast at the end of the month.

Harcourts Launceston also won Top Office for the State.  Our team is extremely proud of what we have achieved during the past year and can’t wait to see what 2017/2018 will bring.  Our Mission Statement is “clients for life through the finest service” and our Property Management team always strive to achieve this.