IMPORTANT – SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS REQUIRED FOR ALL RENTED PROPERTY

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 No. 1693 has now been made as a UK Statutory requirement.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (dCLG) have produced a booklet providing guidance for letting agents and landlords. These guidelines make it clear that the requirement for smoke alarms is relevant for ALL rented property from the 1st October and that all new tenancies created from the 1st October 2015 must provide proof that a check was made on the alarms and found to be working on the day the new tenancy starts.

In brief ALL rented property must have a smoke alarm per storey (including mezzanine floors) where there is resident, this includes toilets and bathrooms. There is no requirement as to whether these are battery or mains operated. For all new tenancies from the enforcement date the alarms must be tested and evidenced as working.

A carbon monoxide detector must be placed within any room that contains a solid fuel combustion appliance and again for all new tenancies from the enforcement date the alarms must be tested and evidenced as working.

If you have any further questions regarding this, please check on the government website: legislation.co.uk or contact toby.carrington@carrfield.co.uk