Tenants are not responsible for the replacement of batteries providing back up for mains powered smoke alarms, or in 10-year non removeable battery alarms.
During a tenancy, every 6 months a tenant is required to:
Where a smoke alarm fails or malfunctions a tenant must notify the owner/agent as soon as practible after becoming aware of the failure or malfunction
The Act makes it an offence to remove, or interfere with the operation of, a smoke alarm in a tenanted property, except where alarms are removed for the purpose of repair or replacement. The Act also imposes penalties for failure to comply with these provisions.