SMOKE ALARMS - WHY DO WE REQUIRE AN ANNUAL SERVICE?
Your annual smoke alarm service covers a lot more than just replacing the battery and pushing the button.
If you are on the annual smoke alarm service with either Tassam or Detector inspector they will;
- They will ensure the smoke alarms are installed in the right location in accordance with the building code of Australia.
- They will ensure the alarm is in date (all smoke alarms have an expiry date printed on them)
- They will test the battery
- Test that that the unit responds to smoke and,
- Test that the unit is sounding at the right level with a decibel reader
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. The manufactures gives a ten year life on the alarm however alarms are not failure proof.
Minimum Standard Guidelines for Rental Properties.
Do you know and understand Property Owner obligations under Tasmanian Minimum Standards For Rental Properties Legislation?
With the introduction of Minimum Standards for rental properties over recent years, the Residential Tenancy Act now specifies a list of minimum requirements for rental properties in Tasmania;
- Premises to be weatherproof and structurally sound
- Good repairs
- Bathrooms and toilets to be provided and working
- Adequate cooking facilities
- 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)).
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People using Meth is becoming a bigger issue in our society and it could be putting both people and properties at series risk.
Meth contamination, which is invisible and has no smell, is a very real issue that can cost thousands of dollars to remediate. It is estimated that around 20% of contamination problems are linked to labs; 80% to meth users.
Australia has the highest number of meth users per capita in the English-speaking world, and that number is now three times higher than it was in 2011. In NSW, the number of meth labs has doubled over the past six years.
You may not realise it, but the biggest threat to rental properties is not meth labs, its meth users. Smoking meth inside regularly can contaminate a home and regular smoking of the drug can return contamination readings as high as those produced by a meth lab
With the meth (ICE) epidemic in Australia on the rise, it is impossible to tell if your tenants have fallen into the world of this devastating drug by visual inspections alone and if you don’t discover it quickly, then your property could be devalued and cause harm to future occupants.
There is a solution;
Regular Screening for Rental Properties
We recommend rental properties are screened regularly for meth residue. Not only does it ensure early detection, when remediation is less likely to be expensive, it also deters tenants from using or making meth on your property.
Screening between Tenancies
There is a future possibility for landlords to be held liable for tenants’ health problems that arise from exposure to meth residue within their rented property(s). Screening for meth residue between tenancies ensures that you are seen to be living up to your responsibility to provide a home that is fit for purpose.
Note: Decontamination can be covered by some Landlord Insurance, in some cases providing you have been screening in-between tenancies. We suggest you discuss this directly with your own insurer.
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