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Communtity Law Manual | Tenancy & housing | Smoke alarms and batteries

Living in your house or flat: Rights and obligations

Smoke alarms and batteries

Residential Tenancies Act 1986, s 40(1)(ca); Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016, regs 9, 10

Your landlord has to provide smoke alarms, but you’re responsible for replacing the batteries.

New rules soon: methamphetamine contaminated rentals

Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019, Part 2

New laws are going to come into force no later than 30 January 2021 (the date has not yet been decided) covering the acceptable level of meth contamination, testing and decontamination of rental properties. Landlords will be able to test for meth while you are living there, so long as they give you 48 hours’ notice to enter (or 24 hours for a boarding house). The landlord must tell you what they are testing for and share the results with you within seven days after they get them.

Once these new rules are in place, landlords will not be able to rent properties that they know have been contaminated without first decontaminating according to the rules. If they breach this rule, they could be fined up to $4,000.

If you the tenant smoke, sell or make meth in a rental property, this will be a breach of your tenancy agreement. You’ll be responsible for damage from meth contamination caused by you or one of your guests.

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