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Last Updated: 24/09/2015  
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New Government Legislation regarding Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

A new law was passed on 17th September, which states from the 1st October 2015 all Landlords will have to ensure that a smoke alarm is fitted on every floor of their property where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation.  You are also required to install a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where a solid fuel is burnt, such as wood, coal or biomass, e.g. open fires.  It does not include gas, oil or LPG.

Landlords or Managing Agents will have to ensure that the alarms work at the start of each new tenancy.  During the tenancy it is a tenant’s responsibility, as per their tenancy agreement to ensure the alarms work by testing them on a recommended monthly basis and changing the batteries if applicable.  However should the alarms become faulty during the tenancy landlords are responsible for replacing them.

It will be necessary to confirm that the existing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in current working order, replace the detector if faulty or install where they are without.

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/462026/Explan_book_Landlords.pdf