Residential Settlements

Exemptions for Installing RCD’s and Smoke Alarms in newly settled properties

From October 1st 2009 mains powered smoke alarms must be fitted in all existing residential buildings prior to sale. These requirements are mandatory under the Building Amendment Regulations 2009.

An exemption to this can be obtained when the buyer will be demolishing the property. A specified date for demolition must be nominated and this date cannot be more than 6 months from the date of transfer. The seller is required to send that buyer’s statement to the Director of EnergySafety.

Residential Settlements can help you with the paperwork involved in this process and also ensure that your application for exemption is correctly put together and executed on your clients behalf.

The penalty for non compliance with this law is $15,000 for an individual and $100,000 for a body corporate.