Letter template: ask your landlord to install fire alarms

If your home does not have working interlinked fire alarms, send your landlord an email or letter.

Copy and paste this sample text and personalise it with your details.

Subject: Fire safety at <your address>

To <your landlord’s name>

I am concerned that my home is not fire safe.

I have read my rights on the Shelter Scotland website. You must provide interlinked smoke and heat alarms, including:

- one smoke alarm in the living room
- one smoke alarm in every hallway or landing
- one heat alarm in the kitchen

Please contact me to confirm when these alarms will be installed.

Thank you,

<your name>
<your phone number>
<date>

You can also send the letter as an email attachment or through the post:

Where to send your letter or email

If you rent from a private landlord, their contact details should be in your tenancy agreement or on the Scottish landlord register.

If you rent from the council or a housing association, check their website or your tenancy agreement for their contact details.

If you need more help

Check our advice on fire safety when you rent your home.

Last updated: 25 July 2023

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