Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions is notifying all private sector landlords about the introduction of important smoke and carbon monoxide regulations later this week.
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, which will come into force at the beginning of October, will require all landlords to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance. After this date, landlords must check that the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.
This new requirements is being introduced with the aim of increasing the safety of private sector tenants by ensuring that they have working alarms at the beginning of their tenancy. The regulations will be enforced by local authorities, who can impose a fine of up to £5000 in the event of a landlord failing to comply with a corrective notice.
Private sector landlords should note that their premises may also be subject to additional fire safety requirements under other legislation such as under Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The legislation currently only applies to England.
Government has funded a limited number of alarms, which landlords can obtain for free from local fire and rescue authorities, along with appropriate installation advice.