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Comparison of tenant deposit schemes in England and Wales

In England and Wales there are three government-approved tenancy deposit schemes (Scotland and Northern Ireland have different schemes). They are Deposit Protection Service (DPS) MyDeposits  Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) Insured vs. custodial scheme Insured scheme: the landlord/agent can hold the tenancy deposits during the term of the tenancy. They need to pay a fee to the deposit scheme to register the deposit. At the end of tenancy, if the tenant raises a dispute, they must transfer the disputed amount to the deposit scheme until the matter is resolved by a free dispute resolution service provided by the scheme or a court.  Custodial scheme: the scheme holds the deposit for the duration of the tenancy. Custodial Schemes is free of charge for the landlord/agent. At the end of tenancy, both parties agree before the deposit can be released to the tenant/landlord. If there is a dispute, the release of deposit will be based on the decision of the free dispute resolution service provided b

Kidde smoke alarm need to be replaced

We do a lot of cooking, mostly stir-frying, the extractor fan has been broken since we moved in, so our kitchen alway very smoky, we got a new extractor fan installed recently, though.  The smoke triggers the fire alarm in the hallway. I normally don't bother to hush it, open the doors and windows instead. This fire alarm might be working too hard, it started chirping early yesterday morning, I tried the Hush button, it stopped chirping. Then started again yesterday afternoon, this time, pressing Hush button has no effect. Then we left it alone and went to shopping. When we came back, the annoying chirping has stopped. But it started again last night and woke me up, so I removed it to the garden shed. According to the instruction, "an intermittent chirp (every 45 seconds) indicates the alarm has reached the end of life and must be replace." The alarm makes a lot of noise when it's dying.

I checked the back of the alarm, there are short instruction on it. it 's Kidde's sealed, battery powered smoke alarm with hush. The lifespan of Kidde Wireless products is 10 years, so it must be replaced within 10 years.

Temporal (three pulse) alarm idicates particales of combustion have been detected. Flashing of the red LED every 45 seconds indicates the alarm is operating. Rapid flashing of the LED when the test button is pushed indicates alarm memory (The alrm has sounded since it was last tested). An intermittent chirp (every 45 seconds) indicates the alarm has reached the end of life and must be replace.

The hush button will silence the alarm for 8 minutes (dense smoke will override the Hush), during this time the red LED will flash every 10 seconds. Not recommended for operation below 40oF or above 100oF or in humidity greater than 85%. Clean your alarm annually using compressed air or a vacuum cleaner hose around the perimeter of the alarm. If cleaning does not restore the alarm to normal operation, the alarm must be replace.

The battery-powered alarms can be installed in any room in a matter of minutes – no wiring required. You simply screw the mounting bracket into the ceiling just as you would a traditional smoke alarm.

I wonder where can buy it, Homebase?

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