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 !