For owners or managers of short term rental accommodation (“STRA”), new obligations for fire safety are being imposed from 1 March 2022. The Fire Safety Starter Pack is a cost-effective way to ensure all properties under your control have compliant smoke alarms, and extinguishers and blankets where required.
NSW has changed the smoke alarm requirements for holiday rentals
From 1 March 2022, short term rental properties must have interconnected mains powered or 10-year non-removable battery powered smoke alarms in every hallway or corridor near a bedroom and on every other storey. In addition, certain property types require fire extinguishers and fire blankets. You can read the requirements here.
While new builds since 2017 should already be compliant, if you own or manage short term rental accommodation that was built prior to that, chances are you need to upgrade the smoke alarms at the property.
Make your guests safer and smoke alarm compliance simple
The STRA Fire Safety Starter Pack includes:
$99 price includes the cost of servicing existing alarms and the callout for smoke alarm installation or upgrade
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 attends a STRA property that is already compliant with the STRA Fire Standard 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 the callout for smoke alarm installation or upgrade.
Incl. GST per annum
(per unit required for compliance)
Incl. GST per alarm
Fire blanket & extinguisher bundle
Incl. GST per bundle
Please note that the Fire Standards also include requirements for egress doors in Class 2 buildings (apartments), Class 4 part of a building (single unit or residence within a non-residential building) and in some cases, heat alarms for stand alone garages associated with Class 1a buildings (house). The STRA Fire Safety Starter Pack does not include these items. The fire extinguishers and fire blankets are only required for Class 2 buildings (apartments). See the Fire Safety Standard for STRA here.
Frequently asked questions
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
For more information please refer to the STRA Fire Standards here.
All alarms installed by Detector Inspector are interconnected mains powered or 10-year non-removable battery powered smoke alarms.
Properties will be attended from February on a first come, first served basis.
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.
Read more about the Fire Safety Standards for STRA in NSW here.
A Class 1a building
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
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
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.
Yes, as per Short-term Rental Accommodation Fire Safety Standards fire extinguishers and fire blankets must be installed in an accessible location in the kitchen in accordance with Section 3 and Section 6 of AS 2444.
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.
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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.