Deadline Extension Suggested for New Regulation Enforcement
September 11, 2015 |
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ARLA have called on housing minister Brandon Lewis to push back the deadline by which all private rented sector landlords must comply with the requirement to install smoke alarms on each storey of their properties and carbon monoxide alarms in rooms containing solid fuel appliances.
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 are, according to the current draft, to be implemented on 1 October. But due to the draft being rejected in the House of Lords last week, demanding a debate, the delay could mean that if the legislation is finally passed later this month, landlords will be left with just days to comply with its requirements. The consequence of breaching it could be a fine of up to £5,000.
Therefore, ARLA have requested that the deadline of 1 October be for new tenancies only, and that existing tenancies should be given until 1 January 2016.
Although it is recommended that properties are fitted with alarms regardless of official regulations, since it is uncertain whether the draft regulations will be passed, or whether there will be last minute changes, ARLA feels that not enough consideration has been given to the landlords and letting agents with large portfolios that will have to buy and install alarms in dozens of rental properties in an unrealistically short space of time.
Many industry organisations, such as the NLA and the BPF, have been critical of the government’s disorganisation, lack of communication, and lack of consultation.