From May 2014 Private Rented Properties to comply with the Repairing Standards, must comply with the revised Technical Handbook 2013 in relation to smoke and heat detectors in private rented properties.
The Technical handbook stipulates:-
- One functioning smoke alarm in the one room which is frequently used by occupants for general daytime living purposes. (SES note: normally the living room)
- One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings. (SES note: normally at least one in flats and at least two in two storey houses)
- One heat alarm in every kitchen
- All Alarms should be hard wired and interlinked (SES note: interlink between each alarm can be wireless but each alarm must be mains electric powered)
The above also applies for House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) properties but stricter rules apply such as each bedroom must have smoke alarms and emergency lights must be installed in escape routes. Fire alarm panel systems may be required in certain building types.
Also in HMO properties the number of electrical socket outlets should meet at least the following minimum requirements:
- 6 in each kitchen e.g. (3 double sockets)
- 4 in each bedroom and living room
- 4 additional sockets anywhere in the building
Satisfactory Electrical Installation Condition Reports are also required normally every 3 years depending on local authority region.
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