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SAL and the CLA respond to smoke alarm consultation

29 November 2017

SAL and our Council of Letting Agents (CLA) have responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation.

The consultation is on extending the private rented sector (PRS) smoke/heat detector requirement to other tenures and relaxing the requirement to allow long life sealed unit battery detectors.

SAL has been campaigning for parity in safety standards for many years, most recently through its membership of the Scottish Government’s Common Housing Quality Standard working group set up in 2015 to explore options for introducing a common cross tenure condition standard.

 In the consultation response SAL and our Council of Letting Agents (CLA) has urged the government to set a common standard for fire and smoke alarms in rented properties and introduce a more basic requirement for owner occupied flats. We believe that the standard for rented properties should be on par with what is currently required in the PRS, but in recognition of advances in technology which have improved the reliability of battery detectors, allowing long life sealed unit battery detectors to be installed in place of mains powered units.

The full consultation responses can be downloaded below: 

SAL response

CLA response

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