The law is clear: hosts are obliged to ensure that the risk to fire safety is assessed to protect guests.

Smoke Alarms / Heat Detection

Hosts have a legal responsibility to install smoke alarms of the current standard in the building before renting it. Hosts are also required to maintain this throughout the period of ownership.


The Government has produced a revised statutory guidance on the requirements for smoke and heat alarms, below are the main requirements:

  • One functioning smoke alarm in the room which is frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes
  • One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings
  • One heat alarm in every kitchen, and
  • All alarms should be interlinked
  • The number of alarms you necessary for a holiday let will depend on the property size and layout, however there should be at least 1 alarm on each floor


Fire Safety Legislation for Scotland, England, Wales & Northern Ireland

The UK government has published guidance for owners of accommodation with paying guests. It outlines the need for a Fire Safety Risk Assessment, improvement of fire safety measures, and reviews.

Smoke Detectors


This is a typical cost for a holiday let.

Heat Detectors

£135 +VAT

This is a typical cost for a holiday let.