Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms for homeowners and Landlords

January 29th 2016
By: Natasha

As from 1st October 2015 new laws have been introduced concerning smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors being fitted to rental properties in the UK.

It is a move the Government have made to try to reduce the amount of deaths caused by the lack of these alarms each year, between April 2013-April 2014 the Department for Local Communities and local government stated that dwellings with no smoke alarms counted for 38% of deaths during this period in the UK, nearly one fifth of deaths occurred where a smoke alarm didn’t work. Along side these figures are deaths caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the NHS over 200 people per year are admitted to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, which leads to around 40 deaths per year. 

Amersham fire station commander, Paul McShane, commented on the lack of carbon monoxide detectors in homes: "We have been running a landlord event over the last month because a lot of people do not think about the silent killer because we can't see it or smell it. We are being proactive to get them installed into properties and a government grant has meant that we have been able to give detectors away for free.’

If you are a Landlord and you fail to comply you could face a fine of up to £5,000.

Here is a list of requirements:

A smoke alarm must be fitted in each storey of the property

Carbon monoxide detectors must be installed in any room with a solid fuel burning combustion appliance

Alarms must be checked and “in proper working order” on first day of tenancy

A record of the check must be made on the commencement of the tenancy

The 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.

Find out more