Most owners of short-term rental accommodation will already be aware of the proposed changes to the fire safety standards, however, if you haven’t made sure your property is compliant, there is still time to do so. The new regulatory framework for short-term rental accommodation (STRA) will impact a wide range of property owners, from Air BnB owners to holiday-home owners to letting agents to hosts. The date for businesses to become compliant by has been moved to the 1st March 2022, due to delays because of the pandemic, giving homeowners an extra four months to make sure they are compliant with the new fire safety standards.

What are the changes?

The policy is designed to benefit both visitors and homeowners, by improving safety standards and allowing STRA owners to feature on a new government-run STRA register. There are a number of different changes set out in the new STRA policy and legislation, including a code of conduct which more clearly sets out the legal responsibilities for letting agents, hosts, guests and booking platforms.

Achieving fire safety policy compliance

One of the changes which homeowners may need to make is to the exterior locks on the property and the entrance doorway. In the new state-wide law, clause 5.2.1 says that “The entrance doorway to the dwelling must be capable of being opened from inside the dwelling without recourse to a key and any modification to the lock must not impair the fire resistance of the door.” This means it is crucial that property owners have their locks checked by a professional, like Assured Locksmiths and Security Solutions. Homeowners will also have to be aware of a new exemption development pathway and register as a Short Term Rental Accommodation provider with the New South Wales state register.

Get in touch

At Assured Locksmiths and Security Solutions, we have decades of experience, making sure that properties are secure and their locking systems meet the latest regulations. We have worked with a number of businesses and rental property owners in New South Wales to make sure their properties meet the very highest fire safety standards. If you own a short-term rental property and are unsure whether it is compliant with the new regulations, call our Nowra team on (02) 4423 6680 or our Moruya locksmiths on 0473 611 884 and we’ll be happy to help.