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Rental sector carbon monoxide review announced

Rental sector carbon monoxide review announced

7th November 2013
Baroness Stowell, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Department for Communities and Local Government, has announced a review into the rules and regulations relating to carbon monoxide in rented homes. The announcement came following a question in the House of Lords from APPCOG co-chair Baroness Finlay, on carbon monoxide detection in new and rental properties. Later in the session, Baroness Finlay also submitted an amendment relating to carbon monoxide detection, during Day 3 of the House of Lords, Report Stage discussions of the Energy Bill. Following the announcement of the review, Clive Betts MP, Chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee, commented on the review into the rules and regulations relating to carbon monoxide in rented homes. Mr Betts said: 
“I am pleased the Government is listening to the Committee’s concerns about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Much more must be done to tackle the threat of the silent killer. Carbon monoxide detectors are inexpensive and save lives. The Government should require all rented homes to be fitted with an audible, wired-up carbon monoxide detector wherever a relevant heating appliance is installed, as the Committee has recommended."
 The CLG Committee made recommendations about the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in its 2012 report on Building Regulations and its July 2013 report on The Private Rented Sector. Its Building Regulations report recommended that “Part J [of the Building Regulations] should [...] require audible, wired-up EN 50291-compliant carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted wherever a relevant heating appliance is installed in any new-build or existing homes.” Its Private Rented Sector report recommended that “the Government introduce a requirement for all private rented properties to be fitted with a working smoke alarm and, wherever a relevant heating appliance is installed, an audible, wired-up EN 50291 compliant carbon monoxide alarm”.  The Hansard Transcript of the November 6th 2013 House of Lords proceedings, including the relevant question and Energy Bill Amendment (104A), is available to view here