From October 2015 landlords could be required by law to have installed working smoke and carbon monoxide in all of their rented properties. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has suggested that the move will help prevent 36 deaths and 1,375 injuries a year. Lewis adds, ‘a key part of that is to ensure the safety of tenants with fire prevention and carbon monoxide warning. People are at least four times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there’s no working smoke alarm.’
The number of homes with installed smoke alarms has increased by over 80% in the past 25 years, with the vast majority of landlords having installed fire alarms in their rented properties. Importantly Lewis added that the law is being changed to provide clarity to landlords and ensure that every tenant is given this important protection and peace of mind. Landlords that are found to have not made the necessary changes would face sanctions and up to £5,000 penalty
The British Property Federation (BPF) recommended that landlords and agents make the necessary checks to ensure that properties have working detectors when the tenancy starts, but that tenants are expected to regularly check maintain and bring to light any problems or faults.
Landlords can buy and install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors easily, with most large DIY and construction retailers offering a range of sizes and solutions.