May 12, 2022

Changes in Legislation for Short Term Stays come into effect 1st November

Holidays are meant for relaxation and unwinding, but owners of short-term rentals need to be especially vigilant to ensure their properties are safe and compliant for each visitor.

From November 2021, all short-term stay rental properties must conform to new policies introduced via amendments to State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Regulation). This means any short-term stay property may need an upgrade to smoke and heat alarms.

In short:

  • Properties currently with a single battery alarm will need to be upgraded to 10 year lithium battery alarms
  • One existing hard wired alarm could mean your property is already compliant
  • Two or more alarms will need to be interconnected and placed in the correct location
  • Properties with a connected garage (underneath the property) will need to have an interconnectable heat alarm installed. This is only applicable if the garage is accessible to the holiday goer.
  • The heat alarm must be powered by mains electricity or by a non-removable 10 year battery which must be interconnected to the smoke alarms within the dwelling

SAA's auto-renewing annual program makes it simple and easy for landlords when it comes to compliance in their short-term stay rental. You benefit through:

  • access to the online partner portal
  • beeping alarm support
  • integration with PropertyMe, Property Tree and Palace
  • unlimited call outs and battery replacement (alarm replacements at an extra cost)
  • certification of compliance

If you would like to know more about this service, contact us and your Business Development Manager will be in touch.

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