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Changes to regulation: carbon monoxide alarms

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From the 1st  October, the regulations regarding carbon monoxide alarms were changed. The main changes were:

  • Carbon Monoxide alarms will be required in any lived-in room with a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers)
  • A smoke alarm will need to be installed on each storey of a domestic property with ‘living accommodation’
  • Landlords and agents must replace or repair any faulty alarms if a tenant informs that there is an issue.

The requirements are enforced by local authorities who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice.

This is part of the government’s effort to improve tenant safety and standards, regardless of tenancy. As a result, the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015 have been revised to extend to the social sector. Simultaneously, adjustments elsewhere are being implemented that will apply to all rental residences.

What does this mean for landlords?

The good news is that it is not a large or costly task. The carbon monoxide detector does not need to be hardwired or attached to the smoke alarms, and a battery-powered alarm may be purchased for roughly £20-£25 and should last for 10 years. As a result, these adjustments really aid tenant safety.

If we manage your property, you will have received an email from us to confirm that you have the correct alarms in place but if you have any questions, please contact us at any time.

Are you a private landlord and need one fitting fitting ASAP?

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