The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published guidance for both landlords and local authorities on the upcoming private rented sector requirements in England.
The guidance booklet explains the responsibilities both landlords and tenants in England will face under these regulations, which are expected to come into force from the 1st Octber 2015. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 will be discussed on September 7th at Grand Committee in the House of Lords, before the changes are implemented.
According to the incoming regulations, landlords will be required to install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in any room where a solid fuel-burning appliance - such as a coal fire or woodburner - is installed, and to ensure that the alarms are functioning at the start of each new tenancy. Tenants meanwhile will be required to ensure that alarms are in working order throughout the duration of their tenancy.
The regulations also state that whilst landlords will not legally be required to install CO alarms in rooms that contain gas appliances, the DCLG would expect and encourage all 'reputable landlords' to do so regardless, as such appliances can emit carbon monoxide.
To read more about the background and announcement of the regulations, please click here.