Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Smoke alarms

The installation of smoke detectors is going to become a legal requirement in all French homes from 2015. The new regulations recently issued by the French government apply to both existing homes as well as new build properties.
There has been some confusion concerning who has the responsibility for the installation of the alarms in rental properties, but it appears to fall upon the occupant of the property, except for seasonal and furnished lettings. Once the installation has been carried out, the owners / tenants need to notify their insurer.
It is perhaps surprising that currently only a minute percentage (around 2%) of the 33 million properties in France are equipped with a smoke detector. This is a measure with a long lead in time, as the legislation was first passed in the French Parliament in 2005.
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