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The Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis announced yesterday that landlords will be required to have both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms installed in all rental properties.
The changes are scheduled to come into effect soon after their Parliamentary approval, on 10 October 2015.
Fire and rescue authorities will be directed to provide support with the implementation – providing local private landlords with free alarms.
Brandon Lewis commented:
“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 will help prevent up to 36 deaths and 1,375 injuries a year.
The expectations of a landlord –
• Smoke alarms installed on every floor of the rental property, and test them at the start of every tenancy.
• Carbon monoxide alarms in all high risk rooms – such as those where a solid fuel heating system is installed.
Any landlord failing to meet the new regulations could face a maximum £5,000 civil penalty.