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Landlords – Fire And Carbon Monoxide Alarms...

July 28th 2015
By: Melanie

As from October this year Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties. This law has been introduced to help prevent around 26 deaths and 670 injuries per year in the UK.

A smoke alarm will need to be fitted to each floor of a rental property and they must be in full working order at the start of each tenancy. Dust and grime can prevent a smoke alarm from working properly, so it’s a good idea to use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush head to clean out any dust at least once a year. Replace the batteries regularly and if in doubt light a match under your smoke alarm to see if it functions properly.

Carbon monoxide alarms will be required in high-risk rooms, for example those places within the property with solid oil or gas heating systems.

Those landlords who fail to provide the required smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their rental property could face a civil penalty of up to £5,000.

Government has given funding to fire and rescue authorities to provide some private landlords with free smoke alarms. To find out more please speak to your property manager or call 01279 713150.