New law: Private landlords in England must ensure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are installed

Wednesday 11th November 2015

Private landlords in England must ensure there are smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in properties let in certain circumstances, under new laws in force from 1 October 2015.

 

Private landlords, which includes landlords letting property under assured shorthold tenancies, must ensure there is a smoke alarm on every storey, if a room there is used wholly or partly as living accommodation.

 

They must also ensure there is a carbon monoxide alarm in any room which is used wholly or partly as living accommodation, if it contains a solid fuel appliance.

 

They (or their agent) must check that each alarm is working at the start of every new tenancy (although this does not include renewals or an existing tenancy, or statutory periodic tenancies that arise automatically because an existing fixed term tenancy has expired).

 

Various notices must be served on the landlord by the local authority first before they can be punished but, if the landlord fails to comply, there is a potential fine of up to £5,000.

 

Operative date

  • Now

 

Recommendation

  • Private landlords in England should ensure that the necessary smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarms are fitted in their properties if they are required, including properties let under assured shorthold tenancies.

 

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Author: Paul Ridehalgh

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