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Can an OC legally take over the responsibility for testing and maintenance of smoke detectors from owners?
Our small 40 year old NSW property is a class 1a building with 50% of lots tenanted. A recent free testing of smoke detectors in 60% of all units by the fire brigade required 90% of those to either have batteries or the device replaced. Not having up to date fire protection is potentially an issue with insurance cover in the event of a fire.
Our strata committee would like assurance on this issue but it seems we have no mechanism to receive verifiable proof that property managers in particular, as well as resident owners, are fulfilling their responsibility to test and maintain smoke detectors in accordance with NSW fire safety regulations.
So our strata committee wishes to put a motion to our upcoming AGM that OC annually engage a fire protection service company to service our smoke detectors. However, as a class 1a building, NSW regulations brought in 2017 do not require us to have a fire safety schedule or annual fire safety certification so we seem to have no legislation to rely on for OC to assume responsibility from owners or their property managers. Is there any legislation preventing OC from assuming responsibility?
Can anyone correct or add to the above please?
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