Consumer Affairs Victoria
Smoke alarms must be installed in all Victorian homes, units, flats and townhouses. Landlords are responsible for fitting smoke alarms in rented properties.
Hard-wired smoke alarms with a battery back-up must be installed in all buildings constructed after 1 August 1997. Buildings constructed before that date can have a battery-powered smoke alarm.
Tenants’ and residents’ responsibilities
Tenants or residents should:
• not deactivate a smoke alarm or interfere with its operation in any way
• notify us if a smoke alarm is faulty or not in working order.
When you move out, you should leave the premises, including smoke alarm batteries, in a similar state to when you moved in.
We ask that our tenants advise us if there are any concerns regarding the Smoke Alarms at the property.