Following an article regarding new information on smoke detection from the Council of Letting Agents. It has now been confirmed the legislation will change again.
Please see the article below written by the CLA:
"A long awaited date has been announced for the relaxation of smoke/heat alarm requirements in the private rented sector (PRS).
From 1 March 2019 landlords will be permitted to install interlinked long life sealed lithium battery alarms instead of mains powered ones.
From 1 February 2021 all properties in Scotland must meet the same standard of smoke/heat and CO alarm provision as the PRS, regardless of tenure. Although these dates are subject to parliamentary approval we expect this to be a mere formality with no changes being made.
Government guidance on the amended requirement will be published in due course which we expect to stipulate that smoke alarms must conform to BS EN 14604 and heat alarms to BS 5446-2. Landlords who already have mains powered alarms installed can leave these in place until the end of the manufacturers recommended lifespan. Thereafter they can be replaced with battery or mains powered units."