New Smoke Alarm Requirements to be Met Prior to Contract Signing

Sales agents should now be aware Queensland residential properties sold will need to meet the new strict smoke alarm legislation.

From 1 January 2022, smoke alarms in properties sold must meet new compliance requirements prior to contract signing. The new requirements will be a condition of the contract and failure to comply may put the property sale in jeopardy.

The new legislation adds several new complex requirements to current smoke alarm legislation. Some of the key new additions are that smoke alarms must:

  • be installed in each bedroom as well as on each storey and in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling;
  • be photoelectric, comply to AS 3786-2014, and powered by either 240 volt or a 10-year lithium battery; and
  • be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.