Time to be Alarmed

If you have an investment property in QLD, then no doubt you’re sick of hearing it by now...

Come January 2022 there are new changes to smoke alarm requirements which will add another task to the list for those looking to sell or rent their properties.

From the current requirement of a smoke alarm in each hallway, the start of next year will see a new requirement for alarms in every bedroom and hallway, and a change to alarm types with interconnected alarms the new standard and hard-wired or 10 year battery your only options.

Introduced via new legislation several years ago now, these requirements have been gradually rolled out, much like pool fencing laws were over a decade ago. First it was new builds and substantially renovated homes, now its homes for sale or rent and eventually it will be every household, with no exceptions.

Landlords will have been seeing emails and updates about these requirements for some time, and most owners have been pretty proactive with making sure everything gets done in time. Home owners however, might be a bit surprised to find out that when it comes time to sell, it’s a new requirement for them as well.

With alarms available from a smidge under $150 each (installed), its not a huge expense, but one you will need to be aware of moving forward (and one that can add up for larger homes). Its more a matter of timing – with a lot of people in the same boat with needing to get these updated, and tradies rarer than hen’s teeth (when you want them!) it’s a matter of either booking it in early or allowing for that little bit of extra time when you are getting the final touches done.

While it might be a little painful in execution, when it comes to safety, a little prevention is FAR BETTER than the alternative and there are a number of companies which have sprung up to specifically address the new legislative requirements. You can also get in touch with your agent, be it property manager or sales, and they can no doubt help you along to make sure that everything is set and you can rent or sell with confidence.