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AIIC announcement regarding rental property smoke alarms/CO2 detectors

Posted by Admin on Friday, September 18, 2015 Under: Announcements

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 latest legislations.

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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