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Changes to the Rules for Landords

Are you ready for the

new Smoke Alarm and

Carbon Monoxide Legislation?

New legislation is coming into force on 1st October 2015 concerning Landlords on Residential Premises.

By the Law, landlords will be required to fit Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms in their premises from 1st October 2015. These measures were introduced on 11th March 2015 by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis. 


Cartoon Image of Smoke Alarm Inspection

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:


"In 1988 just 8% of homes had a smoke alarm installed – now it’s

over 90%."


"The vast majority of landlords offer a good service and have installed

smoke alarms in their homes but I’m changing the law to ensure

every tenant can be given this important protection."


"But with working smoke alarms providing the vital seconds needed

to escape a fire, I urge all tenants to make sure they regularly test their

alarms to ensure they work when it counts. Testing regularly remains

the tenant’s responsibility."


The move is aimed at preventing 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year caused to tenants in rented properties.


So what do I need to fit and where?

Exact details are still to be released on the specific alarm types and actual sitting requirements. What we do know is that landlords will be required to install smoke alarms on every floor of the property. Smoke Alarms must  also be tested at the start of every tenancy and Carbon monoxide Alarms must be installed in high risk rooms where solid fuel heating systems exist. This is what has been stated on the Governement Website.


The plan is to bring rented properties in line with existing building regulations on new build properties. British Standard BS 5839-6:2013 is regarded as the Standard to comply with when installing Smoke Alarms and BS EN 50292:2013 for Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms in residential/domestic premises. These Standards indicate what needs to be fitted and where in order to comply with building regs, see our Smoke Alarm Guide for more details.


In fact this is already the norm in Scotland so England is just playing catch up.


What are the Penalties?


Local Authorities will be enforcing this from 1 October 2015 and are being armed with a Civil Penalty charge of up to £5000 for failure to comply with a Remedial Notice.


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