Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Smoke Detector and EICR regulations are changing

As ever with the letting industry regulations relating to safety in properties is improving. The most recent changes are to do with smoke detectors and electrical tests as properties across the board are becoming more and more regulated and almost in line with HMO safety regulations. Currently all rented properties (out with HMO's) require at least one mains powered smoke detector which is usually fitted in the main hallway. Duplex properties or houses with 2 floors or more require a mains powered smokey on each floor.

Things have now progressed and landlords are required to have mains powered smoke detector  as follows

One functioning smoke alarm in the room which is frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes- Lounge

One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings.

One heat alarm in every kitchen.

All alarms should be interlinked.

The details and legislation changes can be found here.

Electrical Installation Condition Reports or EICR tests are also changing and landlords must have fixed wiring safety checks carried out at least every 5 years.

Applies from the following dates:

1st December 2015- for any tenancies entered into on or after this date (includes current tenants signing a new lease)

1st December 2015- for existing tenancies.

We are currently looking at what costs are involved and how we can keep expenditure to a minimum for ACE Property Management landlords. We will be contacting our landlords soon with further information.

We fully understand that this is another regulatory cost but we must make sure that our landlords investments comply with legislation.

Should you not currently use ACE Property Management but would be interested in meeting to discuss your management requirements further or find out more information on any aspect of the letting industry please contact me directly. alan@acepm.co.uk

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