Plans for changes to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Rules for Landlords

The government announced new legislation regarding smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO), which will impact private landlords.

Private landlords will be required to install a carbon monoxide alarm every room that has a combustible fuel device. This includes appliances like gas boilers and fires but not gas cookers.

Many landlords have CO alarms installed in their properties. However, the law currently requires that the alarms be placed in rooms with solid fuel sources such as an Aga cooker or woodburning stove.

The new legislation will make it the landlord’s responsibility for repairing smoke alarms or CO alarms, if the tenant is notified of an error. Tenants will still be responsible for testing alarms. Testing monthly is recommended in current guidance for smoke alarms.

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Expect updates to the supporting guidance for the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm regulation regulations. James Wood, Policy Manager, NRLA, said that although no specifics have been released, it could lead to a modification in the type and use of alarm landlords.

He stated that at the moment there are no recommendations for the type or placement of an alarm. This means that landlords can meet the regulations for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms by installing a battery-powered smoke alarm.

He said, “With the updated guidance for the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations, this is likely to be updated with new recommendations to fit mains wired smoke alarms in accordance with the building regulations.”

This new legislation is not expected to enter into force until a specific date.

You can read more about this story at the NRLA site.