Every rental property in Queensland must meet new smoke alarm rules by 31st December 2021

More than 450,000 rental properties in Queensland are affected by new smoke alarm laws, which could see landlords paying up to $2000 for new smoke alarms – or risk being unable to tenant their dwellings.

Under the legislation, which was introduced 1 January 2017, all Queensland dwellings will be required to have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms, in hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the dwelling, and on every level.

To comply with legislation, interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms are required:

• From 1 January 2017: in all new dwellings and substantially renovated dwellings (this applies to building applications submitted from 1 January 2017).

• From 1 January 2022: in all domestic dwellings leased and sold.

• From 1 January 2027: in all other domestic dwellings.

The fine for non-compliance is $500. But more importantly, if the property has not been upgraded to meet the new legislation by 1 January 2022, the rental property cannot be leased and a lease renewal can’t happen, nor can the property be sold.

So if the upgrade hasn’t happened prior to a new lease or lease renewal, the landlord simply is not allowed to collect rent without breaking the law


Our partner, Smoke Alarm Solutions, currently service 2000 properties each day through the working week.

They are the experts when it comes to making your properties compliant with ever-changing smoke alarm legislation.

They have the largest field service capability in the industry, giving them the ability to react quickly to requests.



Exclusive to RealRenta Landlords:

Smoke Alarm Solutions are offering 2 years servicing for the price of only one!

Want to know more?

Contact jason@realrenta.com for more information.

Marlene Liontis
Tuesday, 28 May 2019

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