Mandatory Smoke and CO Alarms for all Rented Properties
March 11, 2015 |
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Following years of campaigning and a great deal of common sense, it has been announced that the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is to be made compulsory in all rental properties, both private and social. This change now means that landlords have to ensure their properties are fully protected and alarmed, throughout all stages of the tenancy, or risk severe penalties.
Communities minister Penny Mordaunt announced the change in regulations at the Local Government Association annual fire conference yesterday. The move is supported by the British Property Federation and Chief Fire Officers Association.
This follows after the English Housing Survey in 2013 estimated that only 82% of private rented homes had smoke alarms fitted. The BPF stated the crackdown ‘was necessary to force the small numbers of landlords who did not install alarms in their properties to bring them up to standard’.
It also recommends that the obligation lies with the landlords (and any agents they may have) to ensure there are working detectors present within the property at the time the tenancy starts. There would, however, be an obligation with the tenants to maintain and test the alarms, reporting any faults, for the duration of the tenancy.
Let-Leeds have advocated for the installation of CO and smoke alarms in all our managed properties since last year when we made it a mandatory installation as of October. You can read more about this here.