WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that property managers need to be advised that the amended Building Regulations 1989, under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1960 for Smoke alarms, require all homes leased, subject to sale or hire, to provide mains powered smoke alarms, which came into effect on the 1st October 2009.

In homes that are for sale on or after October 1st 2009, the owners selling the home must provide mains powered smoke alarms before the transfer of the property to the new owner. If this is not done then the new owner must install and can apply through the court process for recovering of any funds outlaid, in relation to the installation of the smoke alarms.

In homes for rent or hire the process is triggered when a new lease agreement takes place on or after October 1st 2009; the landlord must ensure that hard wired smoke alarms are installed before the new tenants or a new lease agreement are entered upon. Hard wired smoke alarms will become mandatory for all rentals or leased properties as from 1st October 2011.

The Act allows for the installation of approved battery powered smoke alarms where the owner or landlord can provide evidence that hardwired smoke alarms cannot be installed.

FESA (Fire and Emergency Services Authority) have issued bulletins to the Local Government Authorities in relation to the role they will be play in the approval and compliance process.
The amendments have been amended for the Building Regulations 1989 and were published in the Government Gazette on the 1st July 2009.