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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations

From Robert Ulph on September 21, 2015

Is your rental property ready for 1st October? On 11 March 2015 the Housing Minister announced that landlords would be required to install and check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties. This is part of the Government’s plans to create a bigger, better and safer private rented sector. New regulations were passed by both Houses of Parliament on Monday 14 September 2015. So this week’s column will summarise this important new piece of legislation.

So what has been confirmed in the law?

The Government has introduced the smoke and carbon Monoxide alarm Regulations (2015) to make landlords in the private rented sector in England responsible for ensuring that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are appropriately installed and are in proper working order at the start of a new tenancy. This will come into force on the 1st October 2015.

The law will apply to landlords renting residential accommodation to one or more tenants occupying all or part the property as their only or main place to live.

From the 1 October 2015 landlords will have to ensure that a smoke alarm is fitted on every floor of their property where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation. They will also have to put a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where a solid fuel is burnt, such as wood, coal or biomass and includes open fires. It does not include gas, oil or LPG.

Landlords or agents will then have to ensure that the alarms work at the start of each new tenancy.

Penningtons have already written to all landlords about this new Regulation and have been able to offer a very competitive price to supply and fit these alarms for all landlords who need to make sure they comply with these new regulations. Please contact me if you need some assistance in this.

It has also been clarified In the new law that landlords will be required to demonstrate that the alarms were working at the start of the tenancy, so it is advisable to get the tenant to sign a receipt confirming the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working or ensure it is in the inventory at check-in which is then signed by the tenant.

During the tenancy it is a tenant’s responsibility to ensure the alarms work and it is their responsibility to change the batteries during the tenancy. However, should the alarms become faulty during the tenancy landlords are responsible for replacing them.

If you require any further advice on this subject or any other property related matter please contact me on the details below.