From October 01 2015 it will be compulsory for all new private lettings (rented properties) to have smoke detectors fitted on every floor of the property and carbon monoxide detectors where there is solid fuel heating (e.g. log burners, open fires), in line with the Energy Act 2013.
In the UK people living in rented or shared accommodation are 7 times more likely to have a fire.
(research from the Department for Communities and Local Government)
We are pleased to announce that a limited stock of free smoke detectors will become available to Private Landlords in Norfolk as part of the National campaign by the Government to increase safety in rented properties.
To find out more about this Government Campaign watch the video above or visit the #Alarms4Life website.
If you are a Landlord you can obtain your free smoke detectors from your Local District Council. Â Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are unable to process any requests for smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors from Landlords.
Prior to obtaining the alarms from your Local District Council you will need to provide a full address including postcode for each property and name and signature for each application.
Some Landlords will not be eligible for this initiative: Â
- Registered providers of social housing.
- HMO's (houses of multiple occupancy), hostels and refuges.
- Shared accommodation with Landlord/Landlord's family.
- Long lease properties (over seven years).
- Student halls of residence.
- Care homes.
- Hospitals/hospices and other healthcare accommodation.
Please be advised that these detectors are provided by the Government and there is a limited supply, so therefore all Landlords may not receive all the alarms they request . Â Â
If you have tenants who are vulnerable or over 60 we can offer free home fire risk checks. Â We may be able to fit a smoke detector as part of the home fire risk check. Â We would need the approval of the tenant before undertaking this process. Â Find out more here.
Fitting and Testing of Detectors (Alarms)
- The responsibility for fitting these detectors will rest with the Landlords/Managing Agents.
- Alarms should be fitted according to the manufacturersâ€™ instructions which are supplied with the alarms.
- Once fitted tenants should be encouraged to test the detectors weekly to ensure they are working. We remind people weekly on our social media accounts to "Test it Tuesday". Â Encourage your tenants to follow us on social media.