Published on September 1st, 2010
Smoke AlarmsIt will be illegal to sell or rent out a house that is not fitted with smoke alarms after May 1, 2006.
All new houses will have to be fitted with smoke alarms.
NSW Premier Bob Carr announced the measures following a series of tragic house fires.
"The new laws will make fire alarms – either battery operated or hardwired- part of the condition of sale or rental for any home in NSW" he said.
According to the NSW Fire Brigade, about 28 per cent of houses in the state do not have smoke alarms.
The devices are compulsory in Victoria.
The new rules will be policed by local government, who are likely to require proof of the presence of smoke alarms on a Section 149 certificate when a house is sold.
Landlords will be required to fit smoke alarms to all rental accommodation.
This will be included as a term of the lease.
The Governent will meet the insurance industry to discuss whether smoke alarms can also be made a condition of insurance.
About 85 per cent of house fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms, accourding to the NSW fire brigade."
– Source Border Morning Mail, Saturday July 2nd, 2005