New regulations released in Scotland on 1 February 2019 mean that every household must have installed the following:

  • A smoke alarm fitted in the living room or lounge and circular spaces such as hallways and landings
  • Kitchens must have a heat alarm
  • All these alarms will have to be interlinked so that they can be heard throughout the property
  • Properties with fixed combustion appliances must have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted

These new reglations extend to all homes the same requirements that are currently in force for private rented property and new builds.

Responsibility for meeting these obligations will fall to home owners and landlords.

The cost is estimated to be £200 per household, but this will vary according to what alarms are currently in place and the type of alarms to be fitted.

These new regulations come into force in February 2021.

A copy of the Scottish government announcement can be viewed here.