Landlords, remember your smoke and carbon monoxide obligations

A local council has moved to clamp down on rogue landlords that are not adhering to smoke and carbon monoxide legislation requirements.

Wakefield council is taking action against those not complying with regulations.


Councillor Denise Jeffrey, cabinet member for economic growth and skills, noted, ‘we want to ensure that all rented properties in the district are safe. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are cheap, easy to install and save lives.’[1]

‘The council is urging all tenants in rented properties to contact their landlord to make sure the correct equipment is fitted in their home,’ she added.[2]

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Legislation

On 1st October 2015, the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations came into force.

As a buy-to-let landlord, you are now legally obliged to:

  • install smoke alarms on every floor of your property
  • test these alarms at the beginning of each new tenancy
  • provide a carbon monoxide alarm in all rooms with a solid fuel burning appliance installed, such as a wood burning stove or coal fire

Local authorities are permitted to impose fines of up to £5,000 on landlords found to be guilty of negligence towards these requirements.

For the duration of the tenancy agreement, it is the tenants’ responsibility to ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their rental properties are in working order. This includes changing batteries where necessary.

Landlords, remember your smoke and carbon monoxide obligations

Landlords, remember your smoke and carbon monoxide obligations

Remedial notices

Councils are also legally permitted to serve remedial action notices on landlords found to have ignored requests to test alarms. After 28 days, you could be served with a fine of up to £5,000.

As a landlord, you should make sure that you fully adhere to your obligations under smoke and carbon monoxide safety. Consider this as one of your basic requirements, such as taking out a landlord insurance policy or carrying out Right to Rent checks.



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