Advice & Reviews
October 16, 2015

Landlords Legislation Update

smoke-detectors1From October 2015 it is mandatory for all privately rented accommodation to have working Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms installed.

These regulations will affect all private landlords in England to increase the safety of private sector tenants.

When a premise is occupied under the tenancy on or after the 1st of October 2015 a landlord must make sure a Smoke Alarm is equipped on every level of the property in which there is a room used as living accommodation (wholly or partly).  In addition, a Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm must be equipped in a room used for the same purpose and containing a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.

The new legislation applies on the day a new tenancy begins on or after the 1st October 2015 and it is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure the working order of all alarms on this day.

Note, a bathroom or lavatory is considered a room used for living accommodation.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a gas that is hard – if not impossible – to identify as it does not have odour, colour or taste, unlike the distinctive smell of Gasoline.  It can be produced via the output of clothes dryers, water heaters, ovens, open fireplaces and other household appliances and occurs when the fuels are unburned.  If inhaled it can be highly poisonous.

For more information visit the gov.co.uk website or call into an MKM branch.