The proposed changes in the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulation 2015 would require landlords to install working fire, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their let properties.
The new measures aim to prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries, which are considered at least four times more likely to happen where safety precautions are not in place.
Once implemented, smoke alarms would need to be installed on every level and tested at the start of each tenancy. However, tenants will still be responsible for maintenance, carrying out tests and reporting faults. High risk rooms – such as where solid heating system is installed – would need to have carbon monoxide alarms installed.
New measures would bring private rented properties in line with current building regulations, which already require new built homes to have hard-wired fire and smoke alarms installed. Landlords who fail to comply would be given a 28 days’ notice to act by the local authority. Where the landlord still fails to act, the local authority then may be given permission from the tenant to enter the property and install the required alarms; the landlord would potentially be liable to a penalty of no more than £5000.
The new regulation is expected to come in to force on the 10 October, subject to Parliamentary approval.
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