Electronic devices sometimes fail, batteries go flat, tenants often disable the smoke alarms, so they can smoke inside, dampness or steam can cause issues. There is a myriad of things that can push a property into non-compliance.
It makes a lot of sense that property managers don’t want to do it as it is not part of their job description so there could be ACC & Work Safe ramifications if something were to go wrong, it would be difficult for property managers to cart the tools of trade and safety equipment around with them such as ladders, safety equipment, decibel meters’ volt meters’ drill and tool bag, property managers dress codes don’t usually include overalls and protective equipment!
The other reasons why property managers shouldn’t do this job is that they are not trained extensively to conduct this type of testing and we wonder if any agents conducting tests are disclosing this practice with ACC, Work Safe, professional indemnity and public liability insurers, we also wonder what the response might be if it were disclosed.
I doubt any agent wants to be the first test case, so it is a prudent move to outsource these services on a long-term basis.
A professional does a professional job, there are no halves. Using professionals is an investment in having it done right and the right professionals like HHAST have the relevant insurances to cover their work, conduct and professionalism.
All properties are automatically re-enrolled in the annual smoke alarm compliance program and are invoiced annually unless otherwise notified to ensure your property remains compliant year in and year out.