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From the 1st October 2015 regulations require smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in rented residential accommodation.  The requirements are imposed on the immediate landlord.  This new legislation applies to houses and flats in England. These duties apply to residential premises or any part of a building used as a dwelling eg a flat over a shop.  Failure to comply can lead to fines of up to £5,000 being imposed.
 
Smoke alarms
The landlord must ensure that a smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of the premises where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation. A living room includes not only a lounge, dining room and kitchen but also a bathroom or toilet. It also includes halls and landings.  Individual flats located on one floor to have at least one alarm within the flat itself.
 
It is the location of an alarm which sounds that is crucial; not the positioning of detectors.
 
The regulations do not stipulate what kind of alarm is required.  It can be a hard wired alarm system or a single alarm.  However, it is recommended that 10 year long life tamper proof alarms are an ideal choice.  These ensure that there is no problem of batteries being removed and not being replaced.
 
Carbon monoxide alarms
Landlords must ensure that there is a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in any room that is used partly or wholly as living accommodation which also contains any appliance which burns, or is capable of burning, solid fuel. This would include log and coal burning stoves and open fires, even if they are not normally in use, but does not include gas and oil boilers. If an open fireplace is purely decorative and not useable then it is not covered by the regulations.  Although there is no requirement to fit one near a gas boiler it is best practice to do so.
 
The landlord is specifically required to carry out a check to ensure that smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms installed to comply with this are in proper working order on the day a tenancy begins.
 
After the initial check at the beginning of the tenancy the Government guidelines suggest that the tenant checks the devices monthly.
 
Our Property Management team will ensure that your property complies with the new regulations and will test the alarms at the beginning of a new tenancy.

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