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New legislation is not just a smoke screen!

Just over two months ago, new UK legislation came into effect for private landlords in England regarding smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms.

The new laws, introduced as a result of the Deregulation Act 2015 include a requirement for landlords to have working smoke alarms installed in properties on each level of the house or home. These should be fitted at the start of each tenancy and tested regularly to ensure they are working.

All landlords are also legally obliged to install carbon monoxide where there is a solid fuel burning appliance, such as a wood-burning stove, open coal fire or solid-fuel Aga. READ MORE 

The legislation is part of wider government moves to ensure there are sufficient measures in place to protect public safety. According to a recent report, people are at least four times more likely to die in a fire at the home if there’s no working smoke alarm, and research shows that they can provide the vital seconds needed to escape a fire. In 1988, just over 8% of homes had a smoke alarm fitted, and now it is over 90%, a positive figure that shows that the vast majority of landlords have installed them in properties.

Following the introduction of the law at the beginning of October, there is now grace period and any landlords found to be in breach of these regulations could also face a fine of up to £5000. If you are a tenant, we would also urge you to inform your landlord immediately if your property does not have working smoke alarms fitted.

Read more on the regulations here http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1693/contents/made or view the Government Guidance document here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarms-explanatory-booklet-for-landlords

To stay on the right side of the law, contact us for more information.

Posted by
Alice Rimmer
on 15th January 2016