Home Fire Safety

Smoke Alarms in Rental Properties

From 1 May 2016 ALL smoke alarms in rental properties are required by law to be either mains powered or have a 10 year non-removable battery.

The tenant and the property owner share responsibility to ensure alarms work.

Property Owner Responsibilities

  • Install either mains powered or 10 year non-removable battery alarms.
  • Clean, test and ensure all alarms are operating prior to new occupancy.
  • Replace back up batteries in mains powered smoke alarms.
  • Replace alarms every 10 years.

Tenant Responsibilities

  • Test and clean alarms.
  • Report faults to owner/manager.
  • Notify owner/manager of any fire safety concerns.

For further advice: www.consumer.tas.gov.au/renting/smoke_alarms


Generally, in a rental property a smoke alarm must be installed in every hallway near a bedroom and on each level of a multistorey home. These are minimum requirements and owners are encouraged to install additional smoke alarms to increase the level of early warning for tenants in the event of a fire.


Fire Services strongly recommend placing a smoke alarm in each sleeping area (bedroom), hallway, living area and at the top of stairways.


The information contained in this document provides general guidance and information only and is current at the time of printing. Readers should not act or omit to act solely on the basis of anything contained herein. In relation to a particular matter, you should seek appropriate professional advice. 1300 Smoke Alarms and its agents expressly disclaim liability, whether in negligence or otherwise, for any act or omission resulting from reliance on this document or for any consequence of such act or omission

Information provided by Smoke Alarm Association Australia Ltd.