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Smoke alarms - again. Are hard-wired alarms now mandatory?

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« on: July 26, 2022, 02:02:05 PM »

Having browsed some of the old threads I haven't been able to reach a conclusion on whether individual battery-powered ordinary smoke alarms are still ok in a small, one bed rental house in England.

One upstairs, one downstairs used to be fine but I have a sparky working there now, and he is telling me I need mains-fed interlinked alarms now. Is he right?

Many thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2022, 02:06:51 PM »

Ask him to show you the legislation? Then it will be crystal-clear - no opinions whatsoever.
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2022, 03:46:42 PM »

I've read the legislation and haven't seen anything that says smoke alarms have to be mains operated for an AST.

This is purely anecdotal but as an inventory clerk I power check smoke alarms when tenants move in and out of properties.  On several occasions I have been at a property at the same time as an electrician. On numerous occasions the electrician has made a comment about the battery-operated alarm not being up to standard for a rental.  When I asked if this was for HMOs, not once have they known what I was talking about. This suggests to me the electricians generally don't know the rules themselves.
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2022, 04:36:01 PM »

There is no need for mains-fed interlinked alarms other than in an HMO.

Answer for England only in areas without local authority licensing only.
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2022, 12:46:20 AM »

Thanks everyone. I thought this might be the case. I'll press him to cite the regulation if he persists in his assertion!
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