By Judith Loeffler

Smoke alarm

 

To date having smoke alarms in rental properties has not been a legal requirements – this will change as of October this year. In a recent press release the Department for Communities and Local Government announced: ‘New regulations requiring landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties have been laid in Parliament and are expected to come into force, subject to Parliamentary approval, on 10 October 2015.’

Landlords would be required to have working smoke alarms installed on every floor of their property and test them at the start of every tenancy; landlords not having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will face a civil penalty up to £5000.

According to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis the number of smoke alarms installed in homes has already dramatically increased from just 8% in 1988 to over 90% today. Landlords would also be required to install carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms eg rooms where a solid fuel heating system is installed.

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