Proposed Residential Tenancy Regulations (Victoria) 2021 Changes

The objective of the Residential Tenancies Regulations is to prescribe matters authorised or required to be prescribed under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. In respect to fire safety in a residential property, the new legislation sets out requirements for tenants to maintain prescribed safety devices including smoke alarms and carbon monoxide fire alarms.
Russ Porteous
CEO, Firewize
19 Jan, 2021

In 2020 The Victorian government drafted changes to the Residential Tenancies Regulations that covers the obligations of stakeholders (residential rental provider, rooming house operator, caravan owner, caravan park owner, site owner or SDA provider) covered by the Residential Tenancies Act (Vic) 1997.

For the purposes of the Regulations  the following safety devices are prescribed—

Smoke Alarms

A smoke alarm is different from a smoke detector, in that a smoke alarm incorporates an audible warning device (alarm sounder) is manufactured to Australian Standard AS 3786 while a smoke detector does not include an audible warning device and is manufactured to Australian Standard AS1603.2-1997 AS 7240.7:2018.