Take our quiz on your responsibilities as a landlord in Vic:
- How many smoke alarms do you need?
- Who is responsible for changing smoke alarm batteries?
- Your tenant has told you that they’ve removed the batteries from the smoke alarm in the hallway because the alarm kept giving false warnings. Are they legally within their rights?
- Should you have a smoke alarm in the kitchen?
- One for each bedroom, hallway and living area. You should also have one at the head of each stairway connecting levels in a multi-storey building.
- Tenants are responsible for replacing batteries. They are also responsible for cleaning and testing the alarms.
- Tenants cannot remove batteries unless they are replacing them. You may want to consider moving the smoke alarm, though, if there are a lot of false alarms. Alternatively, you could install a photoelectric smoke alarm, which should reduce the number of false warnings.
- Smoke alarms in kitchens are prone to false alarms and, therefore, to tampering by tenants.
Have a look at The what, why & how for smoke alarms in rental properties by www.realestate.com.au for more information.