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    I'm new to the HMO scene and have had two properties brought up to HMO standards. While the Edinburgh Council where carrying out there inspections, they did say that I'm required to test smoke alarms every week! And record results. I thought testing every week was overkill but just wanted to confirm this. The report supplied by the council does not seem to indicate testing on a weekly basis. I was also told by the council that testing of the fire alarms can be passed to the tenants.

    TBH - I can't see a tenant allowing me access every week to test alarms. How do the experienced HMO agents/Landlords comply?

    Originally posted by iffy View Post
    ..... ... TBH - I can't see a tenant allowing me access every week to test alarms.....
    So who is the HMO manager & how does he gain access then?? Do you not have keys for at least the common parts & who is checking that they are free from obstruction etc etc ??
    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...


      I own the property and will be the manager too. I have access to common parts but regardless, will tenants not get ticked off if I'm going up every week.
      Also I'm planning on making another 10 properties hmo compliant, that would take a significant amount of time if I had to go round checking them every week


        I was also told by the council that testing of the fire alarms can be passed to the tenants......
        I can't see a tenant allowing me access every week to test alarms.
        So tell any existing tenants, in writing, how to test their smoke alarm weekly themselves.
        And put a clause about weekly testing in any new tenancy agreements.

        Job done.


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