Smoke Alarms

10 Thanks
430 Posts
16 years ago
The law is very unclear about whether smoke alarms should be fitted in residential property. The Smoke Detection Act 1991 made it mandatory to fit mains-powered smoke alarms in new residential buildings – one to each floor. For older residential property, a landlord has a ‘duty of care’ to fit alarms, and if alarms are fitted, they should comply with BS5446 Part 1. A clause should be inserted in the tenancy agreement stating that the tenant is responsible for testing the smoke alarms regularly, replacing the batteries when necessary.

More specific rules on smoke alarms apply to HMOs, and details should be sought from the Local Authority.

Please Login

You must be logged in to participate in our forums, to continue please login below.

Not a member? From only £99 you can join in the discussion and get access to member's only resources and services.

As the home for landlords, the NRLA are here to help you save time, save money, and stay compliant. NRLA membership gives you access to a vast range of expertise, resources, and exclusive member benefits and savings, designed to help and empower members. We also play a pivotal role in campaigning and championing the interests of landlords.