Important Update: Smoke Alarms

Effective as of 1 July 2016, the Residential Tenancy Act regulations are being changed with the aim of reducing fire-related injuries and death.

Among the comprehensive changes and requirements:

  • There must be a minimum of one working smoke alarm within 3 metres of each bedroom door, and in a self-contained caravan, sleep out or similar there must be a minimum of one working smoke alarm;
  • Landlord’s are now responsible for making sure smoke alarms are in working order at the beginning of every new tenancy;
  • Tenant’s are responsible for replacing batteries (if required) during their tenancy;
  • In multi-story units there must be one smoke alarm on each level within the household unit.

To ensure maximum compliance with the new regulations and peace of mind to both our tenants and landlords, we are pleased to announce that we have enrolled all our fully managed residential properties with the Smoke Alarm Professionals who will directly hande the installation, checking and annual servicing of smoke alarms in all our residential rental properties.


There is nothing you need to do, your property has been enrolled and smoke alarm technicians will be visiting your property to ensure compliance with the new changes.  The annual cost for this service includes the cost and installation of any smoke alarms that may be required.  Learn more.


You will be contacted directly by the Smoke Alarm Professionals who will organize access and installation directly with you.  If you wish to communicate directly with our smoke alarm technicians, feel free to call them on 0800 445 519 or use their tenant booking request form to communicate with them regarding your upcoming inspection.


If you would like to discuss the above, please feel free to get in touch with one of our Property Managers on 03 474 0526, or send them an email at


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