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21 October 2020 Scottish government delay smoke alarm legislation until 2022

New laws which requires all homes in Scotland to have interlinked smoke alarms will be delayed until 2022.

The moves, which also include new rules on carbon monoxide alarms, follow criticism over the lack of public awareness from charity Age Scotland.

The new measures, which would cost an estimated £220 for an average three-bedroom home, were due to come into force in February.

The Scottish government said MSPs would be asked to approve a 12-month delay.

See article on BBC News https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-54621068

See related BBC article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-43443725

What the Government says https://www.gov.scot/publications/fire-and-smoke-alarms-in-scottish-homes/

Statutory Insrtrument https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2019/8/contents/made

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order extends the tolerable standard criteria set out in section 86(1) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 by adding new criteria which must be satisfied for a house to meet the tolerable standard for the purposes of that Act. The new requirements are for a house to have satisfactory fire detection alarms and carbon monoxide detection alarms. The requirements will come into force on 1 February 2021.