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Old 29-10-2008, 09:50
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Hope someone can help me here.

As I understand it all properties built since June 1992 must be fitted with mains operated interlinked smoke detectors/alarms on each floor.

Does this also apply to old buildings that have been converted into dwellings since that date?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 29-10-2008, 11:13
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Quick answer for you Gadders - almost certainly YES, all conversions/additions have to comply with the same standards as new build. (whether for rental or otherwise)

Your LABC dept (Local Authority Building Control) can confirm for you.

Is this a single dwelling or a HMO (House of Multiple Occupancy)? HMO's have even more stringent rules applied.
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Old 29-10-2008, 12:37
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Finally found it in my regs book!;

Rented two or more storey house with no floor area greater than 200m2 must be grade D (mains+ battery back up), regardless of it being new build or existing.
One or more floors with an area greater than 200m2 then it's a grade B as follows -

BS 5839-6:2004
Grade B: A fire detection and fire alarm system comprising fire detectors (other than smoke alarms and heat alarms), fire alarm sounders, and control and indicating equipment that either
conforms to BS EN 54-2 (and power supply complying with BS EN 54-4) or to Annex C of
this part of BS 5839.

Three or more stories with floor space > 200m2 then you're into an L2 system to BS5839 (2002) part 1.
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Old 29-10-2008, 14:07
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It's a recently converted flat - probably including structural work as well - in an old building. The conversion was done in about 2003.

It's a single dwelling but looks as though it should have smoke alarms on the mains?
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Old 29-10-2008, 14:13
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Yes, I'm sure all buildings are supposed to be brought up to the EU standard now, and that definitely includes the very important smoke alarm.

Edit - hope this link helps

http://campaigns.direct.gov.uk/firekills/

This was taken from the link:

Know your landlord’s obligations
Under the law your landlord has to meet the following safety obligations to keep your home safe from fire. They will need to:

make sure your gas and electric appliances are in good working order - gas appliances must be checked by a Corgi registered gas fitter every year, and electrical appliances should carry the British Safety Standard sign ensure your furnishings are fire resistant and meet fire safety regulations show you the relevant safety certificates so you can see when appliances were last checked It is also recommended that landlords provide you with a carbon monoxide detector.

If you are worried your landlord is not doing enough to ensure your safety, contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer who will be able to give you more advice.

Read more about general health and safety in rented accommodation by following the link below.

Health and safety in rented accommodation

What you need to do yourself to keep safe
You should:

make sure the property has at least one smoke alarm fitted – you can contact your local Fire and Rescue Service for a free home fire risk check, they may also be able to install a smoke alarm for you (follow the link below) avoid overloading any of your electrical sockets ensure that you extinguish cigarettes properly plan an escape route and make sure everyone in your house knows how to escape in the event of a fire. Find your nearest fire and rescue service (opens new window)
Fire Kills leaflet for people in rented or shared accommodation (PDF, 333kb)
Fire Kills section on students
Fire safety in the home
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