RULES for landlords are changing and they must ensure that a smoke alarm is equipped on every storey of their rented dwelling when occupied under a tenancy.Â
Landlords must also ensure that a carbon monoxide alarm is equipped in any room which contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.Â
The new regulations, which come in to force on October 1, 2015, also require landlords to ensure that such alarms are in proper working order at the start of a new tenancy.Â
The Department for Communities and Local Government are going to provide Fire and Rescue Authorities with a small number of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for private landlords.Â
The intention is to help landlords seeking to comply with the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarm (England) Regulations before they come into force.Â
These regulations will apply to all landlords in the private rented sector, including those renting agricultural dwellings and tied accommodation, which have generally tended to fall outside the scope of previous housing legislation.
Due to the limited number of alarms available we will consider those most in need of assistance first, and on a risk basis.
We are not currently ready to communicate to the private landlord sector how we are going to distribute these alarms.
We will provide further details in the near future and thank you for your interest in protecting residents.
In the meantime, click here for some simple steps landlords can take to protect their properties and tenants from fire.
Please visit this page regularly for further details about alarms.