Fire Safety in Scottish Properties – an update!
Further to our recent post, the Scottish Government have now said MSPs will be asked to approve a 12 month delay, which theoretically would mean the new requirements would come into force in February 2022.
Housing minister Kevin Stewart said: “Given the impact of Covid-19, and the difficulties this is likely to create for people seeking to install new smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, we have listened to concerns and decided to ask the Scottish Parliament to delay implementation”
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross also commented “Fire safety is absolutely vital, but homeowners currently have less than four months to install the alarms, at a cost of between £200 and £300, or risk breaking the law and invalidating their home insurance … It is only right to delay this unrealistic target while individuals and families are facing financial challenges and the ongoing pandemic is creating concerns about tradespeople coming into their homes.”
Once this delay request has been considered and the outcome decided, we will provide updated information.