Alongside smoke alarms, landlords are legally required to fit carbon monoxide alarms in their properties under the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.
The regulations require landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms in any rooms used as living accommodation where solid fuel is used.
The Lettings Director at Romans estate agent, Michael Cook, explains: “It is a landlord’s responsibility to ensure that a carbon monoxide detector is fitted in any room within their rental accommodation which contains an appliance which burns solid fuel. Whilst gas and oil boilers do not fall within this category, it is still best practice to install alarms.”
Landlords that fail to comply with the regulations could face a fine of up to £5,000.
It is a landlord’s responsibility to ensure that carbon monoxide alarms are installed on the first day of the tenancy, even if the tenant isn’t moving in on this day. Thereafter, it becomes the responsibility of the tenant to regularly check that the alarms are in full working order.
However, landlords must replace the alarms in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Cook continues: “ARLA [the Association of Residential Letting Agents] now suggests that there are over 160 pieces of legislation landlords have to comply with. Many find this to be overwhelming and seek the support of a professional agent to help keep meticulous records and to stay up to date with ever-changing legislation.”
It is vital that landlords maintain a record of the carbon monoxide alarms that they install and all checks made. Keeping these records will help to protect you against any unfounded claims.
It is a good idea to include your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your inventory report, which your tenants should sign to confirm that they are satisfied at the start and end of a tenancy.
Don’t get caught out by carbon monoxide alarm regulations!