The Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (Tolerable Standard) (Extension of Criteria) Order 2019 extends the criteria set out in the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987, s 86(1) by adding new requirements for houses to have satisfactory fire detection alarms and carbon monoxide detection alarms. There is a two year window for properties to be brought up to standard before the requirements come into force on 1 February 2021.

The policy intention, supported by responses to the Fire and Smoke Alarm Consultation in 2017, is to have a common new minimum standard for fire and smoke detectors across all housing, regardless of whether the house is owner-occupied or rented in the social or private sector. The new standard is based on the standard currently applying to private rented property.

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