As from the 1st October all rented properties, no matter
how old, will need to have smoke alarms fitted in all ‘circulation spaces’.
This means places such as hallways, stairs and landings.
Properties will also need to be fitted with carbon monoxide detectors in all
high risk rooms. At the start of each tenancy the ‘landlord’ or his
representative will have to change the battery, record that these alarms are
tested and explain to tenants how they work.
As with gas, electrical and fire safety, it is the
responsibility of the Landlord to ensure that their property complies with the
The duty of the inventory clerk, as always, is to make a
visual inspection of the smoke alarms / CO2 detectors, and to report on
cleanliness and / or whether damage is visible.
It is not within the inventory clerks remit to test smoke
detectors, however, in accordance with the above, inventory clerks are expected
to note their presence.
Where smoke detectors have not been fitted in accordance
with the regulations, i.e. in circulation areas, as with non-compliant
furnishings, it is the inventory clerks responsibility to ensure that this is
reported in writing to their instructing principle.
The AIIC have always recommended that clerks do not test
smoke detectors for a few practical reasons. If we break them during the
testing process we will of course be held liable. If the alarm is tested and
then won’t turn off this will also be our problem.
Whilst the AIIC do not recommend the testing of smoke
detectors, should members wish to include this service during the check in
process, by arrangement with their clients, the AIIC would strongly recommend
the following disclaimer be used on all their reports:
‘Where the inventory notes the presence of smoke alarms
and carbon monoxide detectors, if tested by the inventory company, this will be
for power supply and should not be interpreted to mean that these items are
fully working and that the property complies with the 2015 regulations.
The Inventory Company will take no responsibility for
damage or malfunction during the testing of such alarms.’
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