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Tenant Fined for Tampering with Smoke Alarm - 31st Jul 2016

After new legislation came into effect on 1 July, a tenant in Hamilton has been fined $1850 for tampering with a smoke alarm. The tenant was fined a total of $3864.07 by the Tenancy Tribunal for unpaid rent, cleaning, damage and repairs.

The Tenancy Tribunal said that the tenant had regularly removed batteries from the smoke alarm which rendered it inoperative. Despite several warnings from the landlord, the tenants continued to tamper with the smoke alarm. When the tenant moved out, the smoke alarm was missing and the holes where it had been had been covered.

Glasshouse Property Management property manager Jeremy Baker, whose firm took the case to the tribunal said it was not uncommon for them to go into properties and see smoke alarms that have been removed. He also stated that the newer alarms have a sealed battery which stops people from taking the batteries out to use them for other things.

Roy Breeze from the Waikato Fire Service said that one of the biggest mistakes people make is taking the batteries out of smoke alarms because they start beeping when they begin to go flat, they then forget to replace them.

Read the full article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11684709

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