The Short Term Rental Accommodation Fire Safety Starter Pack has been designed to provide a simple solution for property owners and STRA managers to address elements of the new fire safety requirements for STRA imposed by the New South Wales government which take effect 1 March 2022.
NSW legislation is changing for holiday rental properties
The Short Term Rental Accommodation Fire Safety Starter Pack includes the required smoke alarm services with options for fire extinguishers and fire blankets based on the property type – Class 1a (a house) or Class 2 (an apartment).
Unlike smoke alarm requirements in properties under the Residential Tenancy Act, the STRA standard requires smoke alarms to be powered by either the mains electricity supply or a non-removable battery with a 10-year life expectancy, and that all alarms are interconnected.
Make STRA guests safer and compliance simple
Available only for agency managed properties, Detector Inspector's Short Term Rental Accommodation Fire Safety Starter Pack ensures that each rental property has smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and fire blankets as required by the new safety requirements. (Please note, the legislation also requires an evacuation plan and heat alarms where there’s a working garage that is not accessible as part of the holiday rental. These are additional items not offered by Detector Inspector).
Servicing is carried out by specially trained technicians using our advanced technology to help keep guests safe and ensure property owners and STRA managers are fulfilling their obligations to have these essential fire safety measures on site.
The STRA Fire Safety Starter Pack includes:
$99 price includes the cost of servicing any existing alarms or, where no alarms, the cost of the first new alarm
Year around coverage
With Detector Inspector’s annual smoke alarm service, there’s no call out fees for faults and automated reminders for future checks
Always on support
Our dedicated support line and after hours support mean we’re here when you need us
Complete peace of mind
We digitally record time/date and geo-located photos of each smoke
alarm and issue a full Service Report
If Detector Inspector attend a STRA property that is already compliant with the STRA fire standards and no work apart from service of the alarm is required, the property will be invoiced at our standard smoke alarm safety service rate of $99 incl. GST per property.
STRA Fire Safety Starter Pack
Includes the cost of servicing any existing alarms or, where no alarms, the cost of the first new alarm.
Incl. GST per annum
Incl. GST per alarm
Fire blanket & extinguisher bundle
Incl. GST per bundle
Please note that the Fire Standards also include requirements for evacuation diagrams and in some cases, heat alarms.
The STRA Fire Safety Starter Pack does not include these items.
Frequently asked questions
No. The Detector Inspector Fire Safety Starter Pack is only available for agency managed properties at this time.
The changes introduced in April 2021 are mandatory from 1 March 2022.
Short term rental accommodation refers to a dwelling that is rented out for temporary or short-term stays (less than three months). This is often arranged through online platforms like AirBnB, Stayz or booking.com.
STRA includes hosted and non-hosted accommodation. ‘Hosted’ accommodation means that the owner lives on the property while guests stay. ‘Non-hosted’ accommodation means that the owner is not present on the property for the duration of the guests’ stay.
The new policy for STRA in NSW applies to all houses, flats and secondary dwellings (e.g. granny flats) that are classified as Class 1a and Class 2 buildings and Class 4 parts of buildings.
A Class 1a building is an individual dwelling – that is, a house. This includes detached/freestanding houses, and houses that are attached horizontally (next to each other) like duplexes, townhouses and terrace houses.
A Class 2 building contains multiple dwellings – that is, an apartment building. In a Class 2 buildings, residential units may be attached vertically (above and below each other).
A Class 4 part of a building is a single unit or residence within a non-residential building. For example, a caretaker’s unit within a commercial building.
The new STRA planning framework does not apply to boarding houses, group homes, refuges or crisis accommodation, hostels, moveable dwellings, caravans, tents and glamping, eco-tourist facilities, tourist and visitor accommodation, rural workers’ dwellings or seniors’ accommodation. These are governed by different rules and standards.
No. The new policy clarifies that short-term rental accommodation arrangements of 3 months or less are not covered by the Residential Tenancy Act. STRA has a separate fire safety standard and a separate set of rules to govern it.
The fire safety standard for STRA has some additional requirements compared to the rules for residential rental properties, to reflect the heightened risk for short-term guests who are unfamiliar with the property. In addition to meeting all of the standard requirements for smoke alarm installation:
- smoke alarms in STRA must be hard-wired into the mains electricity or powered by a non-removable battery with a minimum life expectancy of 10 years
- smoke alarms in STRA must be interconnected
- heat alarms must be fitted in any garage that is not accessible as part of the rental
- a fire extinguisher, fire blanket and evacuation plan must be provided.
*Please note that the STRA Fire Safety Starter Pack does not include evacuation plans or heat alarms.
For all dwellings, smoke alarms must be installed:
- in every hallway associated with a bedroom, or if there are no hallways, in an area connecting the bedroom to the rest of the dwelling
- in every storey of the dwelling
- on or near the ceiling