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Private rented sector alarm regulations (England) come into force

Private rented sector alarm regulations (England) come into force

1st October 2015

New regulations requiring private landlords in England to install carbon monoxide alarms in some properties came into force on 1st October 2015.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 were finally approved after Parliamentary debate in both the Houses of Commons (link) and Lords (link) in September 2015. The debates follow an announcement earlier in the year by the Department for Communities and Local Government, based on their 'Review of property conditions in the private rented sector'.  Private sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 to ensure that at least one smoke alarm is installed on every storey of their rented property and that a carbon monoxide alarm is installed in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance. The regulations also require landlords to ensure that such alarms are in proper working order at the start of each new tenancy. In addition, the regulations amend the conditions which must be included in a licence under Part 2 or 3 of the Housing Act 2004 (“the 2004 Act”) in respect of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

 

The explanatory booklet for landlords and tenants is available to download here.

The explanatory booklet for local authorities is available to download here.