Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016
The Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016 set out requirements for insulation and smoke alarms in all rental properties. The insulation requirements have since been superseded by the healthy homes standards.
About the regulations
The regulations came into force on 1 July 2019. They affect people who:
- rent privately
- live in social housing
- are a private rental landlord or social housing landlord.
Working smoke alarms or detectors are compulsory in all rental homes. New smoke alarms must be photoelectric and either be hard-wired or have a long-life battery.
See full details on the requirements for smoke alarms in rental properties on the Tenancy Services website.
Insulation in rental properties
Ceiling and underfloor insulation in rental properties have been compulsory since 1 July 2019. Insulation requirements for rental properties are now covered by the Healthy Homes Standards.
Use of foil insulation banned
The installation or repair of foil insulation in residential properties has been banned.
A ban on installing or repairing foil insulation in residential buildings with existing electrical installations was declared under the Building Act 2004.
It's an offence under the Act to breach this ban and anyone who breaches it may be liable to a fine of up to $200,000.
Find out more about warnings and bans on building products on the Building Performance website.(external link)