Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Landlords will soon be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in all their tenanted properties, this is expected to be in place from October 2015. The smoke alarms will need to be installed on every floor of the property and tested at the start of a tenancy. The carbon monoxide alarms will be required in high risk rooms, for example where a solid fuel heating system is installed. During the tenancy period it will be the responsibility of the tenant to maintain and test the alarms and to report any faults.
The fire service are on hand to support private landlords on meeting the requirements and new responsibilities. Grant funding from the government will enable landlords to claim free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, the allocation of funding will be announced in due course.
Landlords who fail to comply are at risk of facing sanctions and be landed with a bill of up to £5,000 civil penalty.
The new compliance will bring property up to standard on current building regulations, new builds are required to have hard-wired smoke alarms installed.
It is a simple safety procedure that will save lives and a simple understanding for both landlord and tenant as to where their obligations lie on installing, testing and maintaining.
Make sure your property is up to standard!
Beth Alexandra Property Specialists