Dear Landlord, You may all be aware that there was a proposal to bring in a new law regarding smoke and carbon monoxide alarms from 1st October 2015. This has now been passed and here is a summary of what you now need to address and your responsibilities. The new regulations require private rented landlords, from the 1st October 2015 to have:
*At least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their rental property which is used as living accommodation, plus
* A carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as living accommodation where solid fuel is burned.
After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy. A living room will include a lounge or dining room and kitchen, as well as a bathroom and toilet. It also includes a hall or landing. This means that a smoke alarm must be provided in working order on each storey. Whilst a stand-alone, battery operated smoke alarm is sufficient, we would always recommend a hard wired alarm system.
Please be aware that solid fuel will extend to a wood burning stove, an open coal fire or such appliances as a solid fuel 'Aga' in the kitchen. The best practice would be to have a carbon monoxide alarm in any room that has a gas appliance such as a gas hob, gas fire or gas boiler.
The regulations require landlords to ensure alarms are installed in their properties with effect from 1 October2015. After that the landlord (or someone acting on behalf of the landlord) must ensure all alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy. The regulations apply to both houses and flats.Failure to comply can lead to a civil penalty being imposed of up to £5,000.
If you require any help or advice on this issue, do not hesitate to call us on 01202-721131.
Thomas & Rawson