From November 1st 2021 new rules will apply to all STRAs regarding fire safety standards.
The NSW government has implemented new regulations that will apply to all STRAs including Airbnb. Whether hosted (where you live on the same property or in the same building) or non-hosted (offsite) these new standards will apply, and property owners will have to comply with them.
The new STRA planning policy framework includes the STRA fire safety standards. The government has revised these standards following feedback received around the current provisions. These new standards have taken into account the requirement for higher safety provision without creating a cost prohibitive solution.
The framework seeks to ensure communities continue to benefit from the economic advantages of tourism through Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) whilst mitigating the risk to visitors though the adverse impact that could present from unfamiliarity of a property.
Not only will property owners need to comply with these new standards they will also need to register their property on the Government-run STRA register to confirm their compliance with the new fire safety standards. This STRA register will be connected to booking platforms to allow monitoring of the number of days a property is used for STRA.
What do you need to provide:
Diagram including connected smoke alarms
Information sheet for guests with general emergency advice e.g.
what does a total fire ban mean and what you can and can’t do on these days?
what do different fire warning levels mean?
information on emergency service broadcasts and contacts.
What do you need to do:
Ensure you have the above in place prior to November 1st 2021.
Register your property on the STRA register
Encourage guests to download appropriate emergency apps to ensure they are getting up to date information on potential risks in the area. E.g. the “emergency+” app
Example Plan here
An example Airbnb fire plan evacuation diagram, Fire Safety Standards for Short Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) providers.
Airbnb fire plan evacuation diagram, Fire Safety Standards for Short Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) providers.