New Legislation for Landlords – Protect your Properties
March 18, 2015 |
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Measures announced by housing minister Brandon Lewis will now make Landlords required by law to install CO and smoke alarms in their properties, as efforts to crack down on tenant safety. This will help prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries per year by the current figures.
Coming into effect from October 2015, this is part of wider government moves to ensure that safety regulations are in place to protect the wider public with regards to the private and public rental sectors whilst avoiding any drastic changes to current legislation that would drive up rental costs and restrict the supply of homes for tenants.
Brandon Lewis has come forward to state that ‘the vast majority of landlords offer good service and have installed smoke alarms in their homes, but I’m changing the law to ensure every tenant can be given this important protection.’ He did not hesitate in clarifying that the full responsibility of this change did not lie with the landlord, stating that he urges ‘all tenants to make sure they regularly test their alarms to ensure they work when it counts. Testing regularly remains the tenant’s responsibility.’
These changes follow numerous others to ensure that the lettings industry keeps up to speed, as current legislation with newly built properties ensures that these alarms are installed as part of their construction. These improvements and others are in place to ensure the private rental sector is improved while avoiding bureaucratic red tape that would otherwise harm the industry.
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.