On 1st October 2015, new legislation relating to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms was put in place to protect the lives of tenants, as well as the properties they live in. It’s now a legal requirement for all rental properties to be fitted with at least one smoke alarm on each floor of a property, as well as carbon monoxide detectors in any rooms which have fuel appliances, such as cookers in the kitchen.
Landlords have a responsibility to ensure that all alarms are working at the beginning of every new tenancy and tenants must also periodically check them during their tenancy, flagging any issues with their landlord. Landlords failing to meet the new regulations could face a civil penalty of up to £5,000 for breach of duty.
Tips for fitting smoke alarms
Here are our top tips for fitting and testing your fire alarms:
Our Home Safety Kits, which go beyond basic requirements to include smoke alarms, a carbon monoxide alarm, a fire blanket and fire extinguisher, give landlords the reassurance they are fully compliant with the law, avoiding a heavy penalty and offering tenants peace of mind. Speak to your property manager to find out more.
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