What is a smoke alarm?
A smoke alarm is an alarm that will go off in the event of smoke or fire in the property.
What are smoke alarm requirements?
There are requirements to check the property has smoke alarms installed and to test these on the day the tenant moves in. In England a smoke alarm must be equipped on each storey of the premises on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation. In Wales there must be mains-wired alarms interlinked alarms installed on every floor.
How do I record the placement of alarms and the tests?
You can note on the inventory report that the alarms have been checked and also the location of the alarms on each floor. You can have a Fire Risk Assessment completed which will note the current condition and any recommendations. We recommend using Safe2rent for your property safety certificates https://www.nrla.org.uk/services/property-compliance/safe2rent
Where can I find more information?
For more information please use the following link https://www.nrla.org.uk/resources/looking-after-your-property/smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-requirements
Where can I find training on this topic?
The NRLA offer a multitude of courses for our members to increase their knowledge and improve their skills as a landlord. You can find training on Fire Safety and other topics. You can attend these courses in a classroom, eClassroom or eLearning depending on your preference.