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Smoke alarms in rental properties

Rules for smoke alarms in rentals

A rental property must have a smoke alarm. It must:

  • be functional and
  • be within their expiry date at the beginning of the tenancy.

All smoke alarms must be either mains powered or powered by a 10 year non-removable lithium battery and meet the Australian standard of

  • AS 3786—2014 Smoke alarms using scattered light, transmitted light or ionization or
  • AS 1670.1—2015 Fire detection, warning, control and intercom systems - System design, installation and commissioning

Tenants are required to ensure the smoke alarm is functioning during the whole tenancy, and should let the owner know as soon as they discover that it is not working. The owner must then repair or replace the alarm as soon as practicable.

Tenants must keep the smoke alarm free from dust, debris or damage.

Boarding houses, must have smoke alarms  inside every bedroom as well as in the hallways or thoroughfares outside bedrooms.

The Commissioner can issue an order requiring that an owner comply with the smoke alarms rules. To apply for an order, use the Application – Order for repairs form (pdf, 107.7 KB).

The Tasmanian Fire Service also has information on smoke alarms.

Where to install smoke alarms

You must install Alarms on or near the ceiling.  Where this isn't practicable, install a smoke alarm in a place where it will alert people in the property to the presence of smoke.

There are five building classes and the specific installation requirements are:

Class 1a building (houses, town houses, villa units)

  • If any storey of a Class 1a building contains a bedroom, a smoke alarm must be installed

    in every corridor or hallway that is associated with a bedroom; and

  • If there is no corridor or hallway, a smoke alarm needs to be installed between that part of the building containing the bedroom and the rest of the building; and
  • In any other storey of the building that does not contain a bedroom.

Class 1b building (small guesthouses, boarding houses accommodating up to 12 persons)

  • If any storey of a Class 1b building contains a bedroom, a smoke alarm must be installed:
    • in each bedroom in that storey; and
    • in every corridor or hallway associated with a bedroom; and
  • If there is no corridor or hallway associated with a bedroom, a smoke alarm must be installed between that part of the building containing the bedroom and the rest of the building; and
  • In any other storey of the building that does not contain a bedroom.

Class 2 building (apartments and blocks of flats)

  • If any storey of a Class 2 building contains a bedroom, a smoke alarm must be installed in the building, and every corridor or hallway associated with a bedroom in that storey; and
  • If there is no corridor or hallway associated with a bedroom, a smoke alarm must be installed between that part of the building containing the bedroom and the rest of the building; and
  • In exit paths in any other storey of the building that does not contain a bedroom.

Class 3 building (larger boarding houses)

  • If any storey of a Class 3 building contains a bedroom, a smoke alarm needs to be installed in the building, and every corridor or hallway associated with a bedroom in that storey; and
  • If there is no corridor or hallway associated with a bedroom, a smoke alarm must be installed between that part of the building containing the bedroom and the rest of the building; and
  • In exit paths in any other storey of the building that does not contain a bedroom.
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Class 4 premises (caretaker flats and residences above shops)

  • If any storey of a Class 4 building contains a bedroom, a smoke alarm must be installed in the building, and in every corridor or hallway associated with a bedroom in that storey; and
  • If there is no corridor or hallway, associated with a bedroom, a smoke alarm must be installed between the part of the building containing the bedroom and the remainder of the building; and
  • In exit paths in any other storey of the building that does not contain a bedroom.

More information about the classes of buildings is available in the Building Code of Australia

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