Number of Smoke detectors - Scotland

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    I thought I had a grip on the new smoke detector regs but now i'm not so sure.
    • 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
    • All alarms should be interlinked

    There should be at least one alarm on each floor.

    The property I'm looking at now is a one bedroom flat. I'd say that needed the following - 1x smoke in the Lounge, 1x smoke in Hall, 1x heat detector in kitchen. Nothing in the bedroom as such. My electrician however thinks I need one in the bedroom too.

    what do you guys think?

    I have other properties to update too 2 x 2bd houses and another 1 bed flat. Does anyone know of a good website with some worked examples I can use as a guide?

    See guidance here

    You're having the electrical certificate & PATs done also as required for new tenancies from 01/12/2015 & all tenancies from 0112/2016?
    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...


      You do not need detectors in bedrooms unless the property is to be an HMO. Normal Lets do not need them.


        It is risk based- if there is a tenant who is bed bound and lives in the bedroom then you need one in a the bedroom (as the bedroom has became the main living area), otherwise one in the lounge would do

        Looked at one today and the guy needs 2 in the hall as the hall has an upper landing with a bedroom off it and a lower landing with a lounge off it

        As you probably know you need to use a SELECT / NICEIC / NAPIT electrician (or one who can fulfil all the details in appendix A of the guidance to your satisfaction - as the landlord you take all the hit if the electrician makes stuff up in the check list)


          I am new to the forum as well new landlord. Renting a two bed room flat in first floor - asked electrician for installing heat alarm in the kitchen and CO2 detector. I have already hard wired smoke detector in hall and living room. They say the hard wired smoke detectors had expired or out of date and needs replacement. All these to be linked - probably radio linked since they cant connect the heat detector to smoked alarm. They are charging CO installation - 90 pounds, heat alarm 90 pounds changing two smoke alarms 180 pounds. Radio linkage 90 pounds = totally 450 pounds excluding VAT., I checked online and all the alarms are priced 20 -30 pounds, Not sure why they are charging so much. I live long distance and tenant are coming in next week so no time left. Is this price too high, high or nominal.


            As a rule of thumb you should check things out but you should be aware that there are other costs;
            radio link bases are about £40 each to buy- you need one as well as a smoke detector

            I don't charge to change existing detectors that are wired (assuming the install is safe and compliant), but do charge to install new ones.

            You should call around and check others costs, make sure you use a NICEIC or SELECT electrician (or a NAPIT one if you can find one in Scotland)

            The carbon monoxide detector does not need to be linked and can be a battery one - look up the Aico 208 model

            Most of my works are landlord related and I have a fair amount of landlords that live elsewhere in the UK (and some abroad). Accepting debit cards over the phone as well as BACS payments helps.


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