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    Fire alarm testing

    I own a shop with two flats above it in Shropshire. The flats are self contained with a separate entrance apart from a communal stairway. I have been told by my managing agent that the fire alarm system needs to be tested once a week. I have had quotes for £75/week for this, which frankly wipes out any profit we make from renting the flats. This somehow doesn’t seem right. Is it? What do other landlords do? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    #2
    Ask the agent why they think the alarms need testing weekly.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      They may have got their wires crossed, only commercial property's needs to be tested on a weekly basis, also depends on the type of alarm system installed. Also any competent person (who has been trained how to test it) can do this, so potentially you could get the shop below to conduct it and record it weekly. What type of shop is below the flats?

      Has a fire risk been conducted, I would suggest you get this done which will then inform you on what your obligations are.

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        #4
        Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
        Ask the agent why they think the alarms need testing weekly.
        - and what laws or regulations require it.

        Mind you, some sort of documented agreed testing process should be in place just in case the worst happens - so you can wave a piece of paper at the fatal accident enquiry...
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          never had that on the flats above my former shop(25 years) , separate entrances, concrete structure

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            #6
            Ask a fire officer if the communal parts even need an alarm… we have a block of 4 flats, the fire officer said the communal part didn’t need an alarm, he elaborated to say that if one was installed then it had to be conpliant and tested weekly, so even if there was one there, it would have been better to simply remove it.

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              #7
              Thanks guys, I will try to find out more info. The shop downstairs is a travel agents.

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