The Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of the dwelling.
There will be changes to the regulations that will come into effect on 22nd January 2018 to provide an exemption for owners who are transferring ownership to a person intending to demolish the dwelling.
This will mean that the current owner of the dwelling that is subject to transfer of ownership may choose not to install smoke alarms if the new owner has provided them with a declaration of their intention to demolish before the transfer of ownership.
A declaration of the intended demolition is a statutory declaration made by the new owner, declaring that they intend to demolish the dwelling within six months of the transfer day (settlement day when ownership is transferred).
A statutory declaration is a written statement that the maker (the new owner) signs and declares to be true before an authorised witness. Further information about statutory declarations is available on the Department of Justice website. http://www.courts.dotag.wa.gov.au
If the property is not demolished, the new owner must install the required number of smoke alarms within six months of the transfer of the dwellings ownership if they can prove the new owner gave them a declaration of intended demolition for the dwelling before the transfer day.
Important: This does not remove the requirement for the new owner to install smoke alarms should he or she subsequently decide to rent or hire the dwelling after the transfer.
The Building Regulations 2012 are available on the State Law Publisher’s website. http://www.slp.wa.gov.au.
A general Smoke alarm laws publication is available on the Building Commission website and has been updated to reflect these changes.
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