Under the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (England) Regulations 2015, landlords are now legally permitted to:
- Install at least one smoke alarm of every floor of their properties
- Provide a carbon monoxide alarm in any room which contains a solid fuel burning appliance, such as a wood burning stove or coal fire
- Ensure that all alarms are working at the beginning of new tenancies
All requirements are enforced by local authorities, who can chose to impose a fine of up to £5,000 should a landlord fail to comply with a remedial notice.
For the duration of the tenancy, it is the responsibility of the tenant to make sure that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in working order and to change batteries where necessary.
Landlords and letting agents must make sure that they are aware of and adhere to this alteration in regulation.
More information can be sourced in the explanatory booklet provided on The Department for Communities and Local Government website.
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