Do I need Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms?

In October 2015 The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms (England) Regulations 2015 approved by Parliament came into force.  Since then there is still confusion as to exactly what these regulations require of Landlords.  The full guide is available here but we have put together some highlights below:

  • At least one smoke alarm should be installed on every storey of the property.
  • A carbon monoxide alarm should be installed in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (eg a coal fire, wood burning stove).  N.B Gas appliances such as gas fires are not solid fuel.
  • The landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.
  • The start of each tenancy is the start date of the contract, not when the tenants are actually moving in.
  • The regulations do not stipulate the type of alarms (such as hard wired or battery powered), this is a decision to be made by the Landlord on what they consider to be appropriate.
  • The local housing authority can levy a civil penalty charge on the landlord of up to £5,000 if they do not comply.

Although the Regulations do not require carbon monoxide alarms in properties with just gas appliances, these can still emit carbon monoxide.  WendyHouse Property Services would always recommend providing carbon monoxide alarms to protect your tenants.

Carbon Monoxide alarm