Hard Wired Smoke Alarms

The PRHP have updated guidance on the provision of smoke detectors in rented property. This is following on from updates to the Building Standards. If Landlords are to meet the Repairing Standard, landlords will now need to upgrade their property with mains powered, interlinked alarms (HMO property will already exceed the new standard required). There should now 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

Currently, there is not a requirement to install any alarms in bedrooms (that is not to say that they will not move the goalposts in the future).

A mains powered, interlinked smoke alarm in living rooms and halls with the equivalent heat detector in kitchens is required in every rented property in order for the Landlord to abide by the Repairing Standard. This is a significant step up from the previous Repairing Standard requirements which stated that one mains smoke detector was required per floor (linked together should there be more than one).

The costs involved will depend on how much work is required to install the alarm system and will have to be assessed on an individual basis but it will depend on the number of units required and labour time involved.

For further information please see the following link - http://www.insideletting.org.uk/default.aspx?aID=2...