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Landlords face new obligation to install smoke alarms

Napthens - April 20th 2015

From October 2015, landlords will be required to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in all properties.

What is required?

The proposed changes will require landlords to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property and test them at the start of every tenancy agreement.  Landlords will also be required to install carbon monoxide alarms in all rooms were there is a solid fuel heating system is installed.

Why?

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has stated that ‘people are at least 4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there’s no working smoke alarm’.

The proposed changes to the law would bring private rented properties in line with existing building regulations that already require newly built homes to have hard-wired smoke alarms installed.

The move to introduce these measures is an attempt to create a bigger and safer private rental sector while at the same time avoiding regulations which would push up rents and restrict the supply of rental properties.

What next?

It is expected that new regulations will be laid in Parliament and that the new requirements will come into force, subject to Parliamentary approval on 10 October 2015.

Funding allocations to fire and rescue authorities are expected to be announced shortly to offer free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to local landlords.

If you are a private landlord and fail to install the required smoke and carbon monoxide alarms then you could face up to a £5,000 civil penalty.