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Fire Alarm Requirement

Monday, 17th March, 2014

New building standards guidance published in October 2013 means that upgrades will now be required to fire detection systems in many rental properties. There are exemptions, but this generally means that mains wired, interlinked smoke and heat detectors that meet the standard set by building regulations are needed, including:

One functioning smoke alarm in every room which is frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes
One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings
One heat alarm in every kitchen
All alarms should be interlinked

The Scottish Association of Landlords successfully lobbied for this upgrading to be acceptable as part of the Landlord’s ongoing maintenance and refurbishment plans, rather than requiring immediate compliance by a certain date. Members are nonetheless advised to carry out these works in their properties as soon as practically possible. Single-storey rental properties that have until now complied with the Repairing Standard with their older battery powered detectors, (in place and working prior to 3 September 2007) do not now meet the standard, and the alarms would be coming to an end of their lifespans in any case.


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