New Rules on Smoke Alarms for Landlords
New Rules for Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms for Private Landlords
New legislation has come into force (1st October 2015) for Private Landlords in England regarding smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms.
Here is a summary of the legislation, passed through Parliament in September 2015:
- Landlords must fit a smoke alarm on every storey
- Landlords must fit a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm in every room with a solid fuel burning appliance
- Alarms must be tested and working
- Penalties of up to £5,000 will be issued to those that flaunt the rules
It should be noted that:
- There is no grace period
- The new guidance states that ‘Landlords should make an informed decision and choose the best alarms for their properties and tenant’. This is normally expected to be alarms which have two power sources (ie mains and battery), and where more than one device is required they must be interlinked.
- Although the legislation only refers to fitting CO alarms for solid fuel appliances, the attached guidance states: ‘we would expect and encourage reputable landlords to ensure that working Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms are also installed in rooms with gas appliances’.
“I am a landlord, what do I need to do?”
- Have a mains/battery smoke alarm fitted to each storey of your property, linked together so that if one sounds they all sound.
- Have a Carbon Monoxide alarm fitted to all rooms in which there are solid fuel or gas appliances.
“What will it cost?”
It depends on the layout and construction of your property, and the availability of a suitable mains supply. As an example, the installation and testing of a single mains/battery smoke alarm (as required for the majority of rented flats) will normally cost under £99.
We can help you meet the new rules. Contact us for free and impartial advice, or to arrange a survey. Our head office is based near Exeter in Devon.