By Judith Loeffler

Smoke alarm

As advised in our blog earlier this year, the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 has become law as of today, 1st Oct 2015.  Under these new regulations, Landlords of all rental properties are required to have smoke alarms on every floor of a property on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation (this includes a hall or landing).

The regulations do not state what kind of smoke alarm system is required, though we would always recommend a hard wired alarm system – hard wired is compulsory for newly built properties since 1992 which require mains powered smoke alarms with battery backup. Each smoke alarm must be tested and be in full working order on the commencement date of every new tenancy.

Landlords are also required to fit carbon monoxide alarms in every room with a solid fuel appliance, which includes wood burners and open fires.  Currently gas appliances are not covered but we would always recommend to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in properties with gas appliances as well.

Landlords may face a penalty of up to £5000 for failure to meet the regulations.

 

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