Smoke Alarms in Residential Lettings – is it a legal requirement to provide smoke alarms in my rental property?
The Building Regulations (1991) state that all properties built since June 1992 must be fitted with mains operated interlinked smoke detectors/alarms with at least one detector per floor level.
It is also the case that all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are required to supply mains operated interlinked smoke alarm system.
In the case of older single family rental properties, technically there is no legal requirement for landlords to provide a smoke alarm.
However, it is strongly recommended that landlords do provide at least a battery operated smoke alarm or alarms in their rented properties.
This is usually placed on the stair landing on the 1st floor. Make sure your tenant is made aware of this alarm on entry to the tenancy, it’s operation is checked and confirmed.
Where landlords do provide battery operated smoke alarms they should have a clause in the agreement making it clear that it is the tenant’s responsibility to check their operation and replace the batteries as and when necessary.
As well as a smoke alarm, it’s a good idea, though not a legal requirement at the time of writing, to provide a good quality carbon monoxide detector, if there are gas appliances in the property.
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