Do I have to have safety switches and smoke alarms installed before I sell my residential property?

Yes. New Electricity Regulations introduced in August 2009 make it mandatory for at least two Residual Current Devices (safety switches) and at least one mains wired Smoke Alarm to be installed before a residential property can be leased or sold.

If the Building Licence for the property was issued by the Local Authority after 01 January 2000, the property should already meet these requirements. Otherwise, you will need to supply an Electrical Safety Certificate from a Licensed Contractor certifying that the property is compliant with the new Regulations before Settlement can proceed.