Landlords in Scotland should be aware of an update to regulations governing requirements for smoke and heat alarms.
From March 1, landlords will be permitted to install interlinked long-life sealed lithium battery alarms instead of mains powered ones. Those who already have mains powered alarms installed can continue using them until the end of the manufacturers recommended lifespan. After that they can be replaced with battery or mains powered units.
From February 1, 2021 all properties must meet the same standard of smoke/heat and CO alarm provision as the private rented sector (PRS), regardless of tenure.
Government guidance on the amended requirement will be published in due course which will stipulate that smoke alarms must conform to BS EN 14604 and heat alarms to BS 5446-2.
The Scottish Government has laid draft legislation before parliament to introduce other changes to the Repairing Standard from March 1 2019 including:-
1) properties meet the more basic Tolerable Standard. All properties in Scotland have been required to meet the Tolerable Standard since 1987. Incorporating it in the Repairing Standard ensures that any work required to comply can be raised in an application by a tenant to the First-tier Tribunal;
2) A flat in a tenement does not fail the Repairing Standard if work needed to comply with the standard cannot be carried out because most owners in the tenement have refused consent to carry out the work.
3) Exclude tenancies of less than 31 days where the property is occupied for the purpose of a holiday.
For more information contact your local Scottish Property Centre branch or visit https://www.scottishpropertycentre.net