Smoke alarms legislation introduced Wed 23 May 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection The Minister for Consumer Protection, Nick McKim, today tabled legislation to make the installation of smoke alarms mandatory in rental properties. Mr McKim said the Residential Tenancy Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Bill 2012 requires owners of rental properties to install smoke alarms in rental properties within three years. "This Bill will provide protection for both owners and tenants of rental properties," Mr McKim said. "There is compelling evidence that smoke alarms significantly reduce the risk of death, serious injury and property damage from fires." Mr McKim said current residential tenancy laws require tenants to obtain the consent of the owner before alarms can be installed. "Under the legislation introduced today, smoke alarms may be battery or mains powered for the first three years after commencement then 10 year non-removable battery or mains powered alarms will be required" Mr McKim said. "This will give property owners three years to budget for and arrange the installation of the 10 year or mains alarms."