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Smoke & Carbon monoxide alarms

The new Smoke and CO Alarm (England) Regulations have now been approved.

From the 14 September 2015 parliament approved the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, giving a short time for landlords to comply in time for 1st Oct deadline.

As from 1st October 2015 all landlords in England will be required to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property, and test them at the start of every tenancy.

Landlords also need to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in high risk rooms – such as those where a solid fuel heating system is installed.  Landlords will be subject to fines of up to £5,000 for non-compliance.

The National Landlords’ Association (NLA) supported these new regulations but criticised the Government for the time taken in passing the regulations, now giving only a short time to comply and causing  confusion in the industry.

You can find guidance on the regulations on the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarms-explanatory-booklet-for-landlords

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/462026/Explan_book_Landlords.pdf

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