11 March 2015 saw the government announcing that it will be mandatory for private landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms as well as smoke alarms in all residential lettings. This change is scheduled to come into effect soon after Parliamentary approval on 10 October 2015.
This is a welcome result after five years of campaigning by a number of organisations including: GISG, The National Landlords Association, All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG), the Gas Safety Trust and others responding to a recent government consultation. This move will help prevent up to 36 deaths and 1,375 injuries a year.
Fire and rescue authorities will be directed to support with the implementation – providing local private landlords with free alarms.
Expectations of a landlord:
1) Smoke alarms installed on every floor of the rental property, and test them at the start of every tenancy.
2) Carbon Monoxide alarms in all high risk rooms – such as those where a solid fuel heating systems is installed.
The Buildings Regulations states that all properties built since June 1992 must be fitted with a mains operated interlinked smoke detector/alarm with at least one detector per floor level, in order to help protect families in their own homes.
Following the announcement on 11 March 2015, The Energy Act (2014) will incorporate an amendment to state that it is mandatory for all private landlords to install Carbon Monoxide CO alarms in residential lettings in all high risk rooms, especially those where a solid fuel heating system is installed. Should landlords fail to comply with this act they could face fines up to a maximum £5000 civil penalty.
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Source: APHC News.