That the property meet the minimum tolerable standards (current law)
That there is sufficient detection for fire (smoke and heat detectors- current law, amended September 2014)
Protect a deposit from a tenant in a registered scheme (current law)
This page is not intended as a statement of law, but designed to help landlords go in the correct direction.
Please call the local authority for guidance- we recommend that landlords obtain guidance via email or letter as we have heard that some authorities can give different answers when asked the same questiuon on smoke detectors in private lets.
Remember it is the landlords legal responsibility to find which standards they have to meet and then meet the relevant standards.
The following is taken directly from the Scottish Government prhp website, this is an essential port of call for any landlord.
Smoke Alarms in Private Lets
The Scottish Government has produced revised statutory guidance on the requirements for smoke alarms. A copy of the revised statutory guidance is available on the PRHP website by visiting www.prhpscotland.gov.uk
However, the main points relative to smoke detectors are as follows.
The revised Domestic Technical Handbook guidance states there should be at least:
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 number and position of the alarms will depend on the size and layout of the house. There should be at least one alarm on each floor.
The landlord should either install smoke and fire detectors that meet the standard set by building regulations or be able to justify why a lesser level of protection is appropriate in a particular house.
If there is a requirement for a particular house to meet more stringent standards, then these more stringent standards apply
An alarm should be installed in accordance with the recommendations contained in BS5839 Part 6 and the landlord should ensure the alarm is regularly maintained in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations. The fitting of a hard wired smoke alarm may require a building warrant and the relevant local authorities should be consulted.
a.b.c. Electrcial provide relevant certification for smoke detector installs we carry out.