New fire alarm regulations for owner-occupied homes in Scotland
New rules are being introduced in Scotland to bring fire alarm regulations for owner-occupied homes in line with those that apply to rented properties.
This change was prompted by the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017 and was due to come into force in February 2021. However, given the various challenges presented by COVID-19, Parliament is being asked to approve a 12-month delay.
As a landlord, the only change for you is that your own home will be subject to the same rules as your rented properties, which must already comply with all the below under the Repairing Standard:
- one smoke alarm installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living
- one smoke alarm in every ‘circulation space’ (e.g. hallway or landing) on each storey
- one heat alarm in every kitchen
- all alarms to be ceiling mounted and interlinked.
If you have any queries about the fire alarm system in a Buy to Let property, one of the team in your local Your Move branch will be happy to help.