Private Landlords

New smoke and carbon monoxide alarm regulations

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on the 1 October 2015 that will require landlords to install and check smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms.

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  • Landlords will require a smoke alarm on each floor of the premises and
  • A carbon monoxide alarm in any room of the premises which is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance

The regulations specifically exclude Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) as these properties are already covered by other legislation and specific guidance already exists to assist landlords determine the appropriate standard of fire detection and alarm.

Department for Communities and Local Government have issed a Q & A booklet for the private rented sector (landlords and tenants) on the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.

For more details on the legislation go to www.legislation.gov.uk

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 will be enforced by the Private Sector Housing team. The regulations propose that where a local authority has reasonable grounds that a breach has occurred, they must serve a remedial notice in the first instance requiring the landlord to take action within 28 days. Where the landlord still fails, the local authority may obtain consent from the occupier to enter and install the necessary smoke or CO alarm as appropriate. The landlord will be liable to a penalty not exceeding £5,000.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service strongly recommend mains powered interlinked smoke alarms with battery backup installed to the British standard BS5839-6:2013 by a competent person. Mains powered interlinked smoke alarms are better at giving warning of a fire because as soon as one alarm is triggered, all alarms sound ensuring a higher level of sound warning throughout the premises. This is especially important at night when sleeping.

If that is not possible, then a smoke alarm fitted with a 10 year battery can be used, and are more suitable than cheaper detectors that you have to change the batteries every year, because the battery cannot be removed and ensures the alarm stays operational.  

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