In autumn 2018, the Tenancy Tribunal issued a significant fine against a landlord who failed to install smoke alarms – with the added danger of a non-compliant gas supply, and no statement on insulation.
Following complaints of a gas leak at one of the Christchurch boarding houses operated by Lina Liu, the gas supply to the property was found to be non-compliant. When the Tenancy Compliance team looked into the landlord’s operations, it was established that the landlord failed to have working smoke alarms at both of her properties. Also, there were no written tenancy agreements with an insulation statement in place. The result was prosecution. Lina Liu, who owned two boarding houses, was taken to the Tenancy Tribunal because she had failed to meet her responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA).
The Tenancy Tribunal Ordered Ms Liu to pay $4000 in exemplary damages, plus $100.00 for failing to provide a written statement that adequately described the levels of insulation.
The lessons for landlords to learn:
Can’t my Rentals.co Northland property manager handle the smoke alarms?
No, sorry. The reasons smoke alarm testing is outside your property manager’s scope of work are:
Unfortunately smoke alarm testing is not a service your property manager can take care of - please get yours tested by professionals. We prefer you agree for Smoke Alarm Testing Services (SATS) to test your smoke alarms.
Smoke alarms must be fitted:
Keeping you up to date and informed of Residential Property Management codes of practice, standards, law changes and general industry information.