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    Pauline
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    Hi Amanda,

    There seems to be conflicting information in regards to who is responsible for the servicing of smoke alarms.

    It is clear that where a building is subject to the lodgement of an AFSS then the Owners Corporation is responsible.

    However, who is responsible where a property such as a townhouse scheme is not subject to the lodgement of an AFSS and the smoke alarms service each townhouse independently?

    I look forward to your response.

    #393547
    Amanda Farmer
    Expert

    Hi Pauline,

    Does this recent Forum posts on the same topic assist?

    https://yourstrataproperty.com.au/qanda/topic/definition-of-an-owner-of-a-dwelling/

     

    Amanda.

    #394767
    Pauline
    Member

    Hi Amanda,

    That information is helpful, however, my concern is over class 1a (typically townhouses) buildings which are not required to lodge an AFSS.

    In those instances, who is responsible for having the smoke alarms inspected and maintained?

     

    #394823
    Amanda Farmer
    Expert

    Hi Pauline,

    s 186A(2) deals with class 1a buildings:

    (2) The owner of a class 1a building or relocatable home must ensure that the building or home is equipped with smoke alarms that are located, on or near the ceiling–

    (a) in any storey of the building or home containing bedrooms–in every corridor or hallway associated with a bedroom, and if there is no such corridor or hallway associated with a bedroom, between that part of the building or home containing the bedroom and the remainder of the building or home, and

    (b) in any other storey of the building not containing bedrooms.

    The same section defines “class 1a building” as:

    “class 1a building” means, in relation to a building that forms part of a strata scheme, the lot containing a dwelling within the building.

    So, in short: it seems the same applies as for class 2 buildings: the lot owner is responsible.

    Amanda.

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