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Forum Spotlight: Smoke detector

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

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.

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About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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