Landlord Tips 1:

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Are You Protected?

landlord regulations

From the 1st October 2015, residential landlords are required to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their property and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove etc). The devices need not be wired into the mains but can be battery operated.

Thereafter, landlords must make sure that the alarms are working at the start of each new tenancy. There is no obligation to continue checking throughout the tenancy – unless the tenant makes the landlord aware that the alarm is no longer working.

The requirements will be enforced via the Local Authority. If a landlord is in breach of the regulations, the Local Authority will issue a remedial notice requiring the landlord to fit and or test the alarms within 28 days. If the Landlord fails to comply, the Local Authority can arrange for the alarms to be fitted and or tested and serve a penalty notice of up to £5,000 on the landlord.

There is no grace period for the above regulations and landlords are expected to have been compliant from the 1st October 2015 onwards. The requirements are part of a wider move by the government to improve standards in the private rented sector.

According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, it is estimated that installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in properties owned by landlords could help prevent more than 25 deaths and nearly 700 injuries each year.

With this in mind and by installing a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm, it may not just be £5,000 that you are saving.

For more information on Landlord obligations and property matters, please contact a member of our Residential Property Team who will be able to assist you further:

Elaine Cummins at our Huntingdon Office on 01480 411224.

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