From October 2015 new regulations will require private landlords to ensure the fire safety of their tenants as well as offer protection against carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Government recently announced plans to introduce this new legislation making it mandatory for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in private rented properties.
According to the Department of Communities and Local Government’s ‘Fire Kills: Annual Report 2013/14’, over 200 people died in fires within the home last year, and if you do not have a working smoke alarm fitted, you’re at least 4 times more likely to die in a house fire.
This new legislation aims to reduce deaths and injuries in the private rental sector from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Now is the time to make sure your property officially meets the new legislation…be prepared before the law comes into force!
Check out our ‘Act Now: What you should do next’ sections for a better understanding of landlord responsibilities and tenants obligations.
What You Should Do Next
From October, landlords will be required to install working smoke alarms on each floor of their property and for a working carbon monoxide alarm to be installed where a solid fuel appliance is present. All alarms must meet the relevant British Standards.
It will be the landlords’ responsibility and legal obligation to install and initially test all alarms. All residential premises, where occupants pay rent will have to meet these new regulations.
There is a penalty risk of a £5000 fine for failing to fit working alarms at the start of a tenancy.
When this legislation comes into force it will be the tenants’ responsibility, to regularly test the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their rental property. This legislation is applicable to all residential premises where occupants pay rent. Act Now and test all alarms in rented accommodation!
Products and Positioning
◦ Landing / Hallway ◦ Bedroom ◦ Living Room
Minimum of one alarm should be installed on every floor of your home
– Heat Alarm
◦ Kitchen ◦ Garage ◦ Loft
– Carbon Monoxide Alarm
◦ Kitchen ◦ Living Room ◦ Bedroom ◦ Boiler Room
One alarm should be installed in every room containing a fuel-burning appliance