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 Subject to parliamentary approval, private rented sector landlords will be required to have working smoke alarms on every floor of their property and carbon monoxide alarms in rooms where a solid fuel heating system is installed. Alarms must be tested at the start of every new tenancy. The regulations do not stipulate the type of alarm to be installed; rather, landlords should make an informed decision and choose the best alarm for their circumstances and property. Landlords who fail to comply with the duties outlined in the regulations may be subject to a civil penalty.


In properties managed by Castle Estates whilst conducting our regular inspections, Castle Estates will check to confirm that the property complies with the new legislation.


Should the property fail to comply, a battery operated smoke or carbon monoxide alarm will be fitted and charged to the landlord.


Should any landlord prefer a more sophisticated linked hard wire system, please advise and a quotation will be obtained and agreed prior to any commencement of work.


For further information, please refer to the relevant guidance at


Comes into effect: 1st October 2015

By Terry Rogers