The safety of occupants within residential properties is paramount, and in Queensland, the installation of compliant smoke alarms has become a mandatory requirement in real estate transactions. Let’s explore the key aspects of smoke alarm compliance and the implications for both sellers and buyers.

Mandatory Compliance as of January 1, 2022:

Starting from January 1, 2022, it is now a legal requirement to have compliant smoke alarms installed in all properties being sold. This mandate is a significant step toward enhancing the safety standards in residential dwellings.

Legal Obligations Under REIQ Fourteenth Edition Contract:

Clause 7.8 of the REIQ Fourteenth Edition Contract outlines the seller’s responsibility to install smoke alarms in the property before settlement. This obligation is in accordance with the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990.

Key Requirements for Compliant Smoke Alarms:

The legislation specifies certain criteria for compliant smoke alarms, including:

– Installation in each bedroom, on each storey, and in hallways connecting bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling.

– Photoelectric technology, compliance with AS 3786-2014, and powered by either a 240-volt source or a 10-year lithium battery.

– Interconnection with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling to ensure simultaneous activation.

Buyer’s Entitlement in Case of Non-Compliance:

In the event that the seller fails to install compliant smoke alarms, the buyer is entitled to an adjustment in the sum of 0.15% of the purchase price. This provision underscores the significance of adhering to smoke alarm compliance requirements.

Proactive Measures for Sellers:

To avoid delays in the selling process, sellers are strongly advised to obtain and retain a copy of the Smoke Alarm Compliance Certificate once compliant alarms are installed. Providing this certificate to the real estate agent or solicitor during the property sale ensures a smoother transaction.

Ensuring smoke alarm compliance is not just a legal obligation but a critical step toward safeguarding lives and property. Sellers and buyers alike should be vigilant about these requirements to contribute to a safer living environment.

For comprehensive guidance on smoke alarm compliance and other legal aspects of property transactions, get in touch with Reid Legal Group today.