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A look at the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations

A look at the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations

Tuesday 10th November 2015

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The new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on 1 October 2015. The Regulations impose an obligation on private rented sector landlords in England to ensure a smoke alarm is installed on each storey of premises that are wholly or partly used as living accommodation and carbon monoxide detectors are installed in any room that is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.

It should be noted that although the legislation refers only to solid fuel burning appliances in relation to carbon monoxide detectors, it is also recommended that working alarms are installed in rooms with gas appliances. The purpose of these Regulations is to reduce the number of injuries or deaths from smoke or carbon monoxide poisoning in the private rented sector.
 
The House of Lords expressed concern that the legislation was badly drafted and not enough had been done to inform landlords of the changes. However, despite these concerns, the Regulations were approved and passed by Parliament. Penalties of up to £5,000 will be issued to those that flaunt the rules and only a limited period of grace will be given by the relevant local authorities. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published two booklets containing guidance for local authorities, landlords and tenants on the new Regulations.

If you like more information or to discuss any other land or estate matters please contact:
 

Charles Hansford
Partner 
Tel: 01772 229 829
Email: charles.hansford@brabners.com