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Victorian smoke alarm laws are derived primarily from the Victorian Building Regulations 2018 (which requires smoke alarms to be installed in accordance with the Building Code of Australia) and also the Victorian Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021, which places smoke alarm duties on both the landlord and tenant.

240v mains powered hardwired smoke alarms with a battery back-up must be installed in all Victorian buildings constructed after 1 August 1997.

Buildings constructed before 1st August 1997 can have battery powered smoke alarms.

As a legal minimum the state requires at least one smoke alarm on each floor of a dwelling, positioned to detect to smoke before it reaches the sleeping occupants of a building.

Smoke Alarm Legislation For Victorian Rental Properties

The Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021 came into effect March 2021 and establishes requirements for smoke alarms in Victorian residential rental properties. The regulations stipulate duties for both landlords and tenants.

Vic Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021 – Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarm duties for Victorian landlords (rental providers):

  • Ensure smoke alarms are correctly installed and in working order.
  • Ensure they are tested at least annually.
  • Replace the smoke alarm batteries as required.
  • Repair or replace alarms as an urgent repair.

The landlord must provide written information to the tenant on how to operate and test the alarms and also reminding them of their obligation not to tamper with the alarms and to report any defective smoke alarms.

Smoke alarm duties for Victorian tenants (renters):

  • Tenants must immediately give the landlord written notice if a smoke alarm is defective.
  • Tenants must not deactivate or remove a smoke alarm or interfere with its operation.

Direct links to the Victorian Government website are posted below if you would like to read the full legislative documents for yourself.

Building Regulations 2018

Residential Tenancies Regulations 2021

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