New smoke alarm laws

For all you landlords and prospective landlords out there, are you aware of the new smoke alarm laws that are coming in from the 1st October?

If not, you should pay special attention to this so that you can make sure that you are compliant. From the 1st October it will now be a legal requirement for rental properties to have a smoke alarm and CO alarm fitted.  There has always been a requirement under the Private Rented Sector Code to do this but now it has been made a UK law that must be adhered to.

This means that for every new tenancy, as a landlord you will be responsible for ensuring that a working smoke alarm is fitted on every level of a rental property. You will also have to make sure that a fully operational CO alarm is fitted in any room that has a solid fuel burning appliance.

Check with your management company

Depending on the terms of the rental contract it is also likely that the tenant will have obligations too such as regularly checking the alarms work and changing batteries when necessary.

If you’re unsure whether you need to do this or your management company will see to the matter then we would advise you to check with them straight away to make sure it is dealt with. If you don’t use a management company then the responsibility will definitely be at your door. 

Failure to comply with this law could result in fines of up to £5,000 and if the worse was to happen and a fire happened that led to a loss of life, then imprisonment could be enforced.

4 September 2015
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