A member posted on our Forum this week, concerned about a situation involving a smoke detector in the hallway of one of their rental properties.
The tenants had initially complained about the lighting in the property, and when the landlord went to inspect the issue with an electrician, they noticed that the smoke detector in the hallway of the property has been removed. In addition to this, the landlord said that the property was filthy with rubbish.
The landlord wanted to know whether he should issue the tenants a written warning about the state of the property.
The response from our Forum users
A regular forum user suggested initially that the landlord should arrange to replace the smoke alarm. He should also write a letter to this tenants, being sure to keep a copy, and explaining the fact that having a smoke alarm is a legal requirement, as well as the dangers of removing it.
The response from our Landlord Advice Team
An advisor in our Landlord Advice Team then offered some advice.
They suggested that as long as this landlord had evidence that there was a smoke alarm in the property when the tenants moved in, this is the requirement but as you are aware of this after your inspection. The landlord should arrange to replace and write to the tenant highlighting the fact that having the alarm is a legal requirement and should not be removed, and it is there to protect the tenant from any dangers of fire.
It may also say in the contract who is responsible for maintaining the smoke alarms throughout the tenancy, so the landlord should check this and again this could be added this into a letter.
- Looking for more fire safety advice? The Home Office has recently launch its ‘Fire Kills’ campaign, and you can read more about this here
- The RLA run training courses for landlords on their responsibilities when it comes to fire safety. Our Complete Fire Safety classroom course has upcoming dates in Manchester and Cardiff, and the RLA also run an e Learning fire safety course here.
- Read the original Forum post here