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New safety rules on the horizon

Some safety rules are changing and are something to be aware of and these changes are on the rules for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

The situation now on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Since October 2015, there has been a legal requirement for a smoke alarm to be fitted on every floor of a property where a room is used wholly or partly as living accommodation. In addition, a carbon monoxide alarm needs to be any room where a solid fuel is being burned. Solid fuel is things such as wood, coal or biomass. This includes open fires, but not gas, oil or LPG.

There is also an expectation that the alarm works at the start of each tenancy with back up paperwork to prove this is the case – usually a declaration by the tenant to confirm this.

What we believe will happen

  • Carbon monoxide alarms to be mandatory in rooms with a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers) in both private and
    social rented homes.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms will also be mandatory upon installation of any heating appliance (excluding gas cookers) in all tenures through building regulations.
  • Private and social landlords will be expected to repair or replace alarms once informed that they are faulty.

The general advice to everyone is to make sure that carbon monoxide alarms are in place in all properties.

What we are doing about this for you

  • The majority of gas safety engineers note whether there is a working carbon monoxide alarm on their gas safety certificate.
  • We will check whether a carbon monoxide unit is in place at the next inspection so that we know what is required once we have the full regulations.

Want to know what other obligations you have as a landlord?

Head over to our landlord’s safety obligation section here.