A new report has highlighted how important it is for you as a buy-to-let investor to regularly check your carbon monoxide alarms.
If not, you could not only put your tenants’ lives at risk, but you could be fined up to £5,000.
An investigation, co-funded by the European Union and the Product Safety Forum of Europe (PROSAFE) has found that 52% of carbon monoxide alarms tested in 7 EU member states posed either a high or serious risk.
More than 81 models of carbon monoxide detectors were tested. Of these laboratory checked, only three designs were found to be sufficient.
This new report comes on the heels of a West Sussex Trading Standards investigation, which found that 80% of carbon monoxide alarms failed British Standards tests.
Last year, the UK Government made new legislation that requires you as a landlord to test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms both annually and before a new tenancy.
John Stones, managing director of Gas Safe Europe, believes, ‘there is undoubtedly a serious issue with the quality of CO alarms on the market and more needs to be done to raise awareness of the issue.
Stones also warns that there was 30m alarms being used in the UK that could be, ‘providing consumers with a false sense of security and putting lives at risk.’
It is imperative that you are not only aware of your responsibilities under gas, smoke alarm and carbon monoxide safety, but that you carry out your duties accordingly.
Remember, your landlord insurance policy will not cover you against lack of due diligence!