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Landlords Regulations 2015

The Smoke and  Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 

Fire safety in the home: Fire Kills 

Last year over 200 people died in fires in the home. 

The Department for Communities and local  Government , have released a new regulation, below are some helpful points for landlords 

What do the regulations require? 

The regulations require private rented landlords, from 1st October 2015, to have 

  • at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their  rental property which is used as living accommodation, and 
  • a carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as a living accommodation where solid fuel is used

After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy 

Who is responsible for checking the required alarms are in working order? 

The regulations require landlords to ensure alarms are installed in their properties with effect from 1st October 2015. After that the landlord (or someone acting on behalf of the landlord) must ensure all alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy .

After the landlord's test on the first day of the tenancy , tenants should take responsibility for their own safety and test all alarms regularly to make sure they are in working order. Testing monthly is generally considered an appropriate frequency for smoke alarms 

If tenants find that their alarm(s) are not in working order during the tenancy , they are advised to arrange a replacement of the batteries or alarm itself with the relevant landlord.

Is their a 'grace' period for landlords ? 


What is meant by a 'new tenancy' ?

A 'new tenancy' is a tenancy agreement that begins on or after 1st October 2015 and is not a renewal of a previous tenancy agreement !

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