Private sector landlords must install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms from 1 October 2015.
If landlords fail to meet the new regulations the Council can arrange for the alarms to be fitted and issue a penalty charge notice up to £5,000.
Tenants are responsible for testing and ensuring alarms are working during the course of any tenancy, and if found to be faulty or not working for any reason to liaise with their landlord to ensure this is addressed. If the alarm is not fixed or one is not fitted they can call the Council’s Environmental Health line to make a complaint.
From October 2015 the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 requires most private sector landlords, to:
- install a smoke alarm on every floor of their property
- install a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms of their properties which use or burn solid fuels
- check that alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy
These regulations relate to most privately rented property with some minor exemptions that are in some cases covered by other legislation. These regulations apply to all 'specified tenancies', i.e. residential premises where a person or persons have a right to occupy the premises and rent is payable. A range of tenancies are excluded including registered social landlords, lodgers, long-leases, student halls of residence, hostels and refuges, care homes, hospitals and hospices.
- The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015: explanatory booklet for landlords. This booklet is designed to help landlords further understand and comply with the new regulations.
- London Fire Brigade - Free alarms for private landlords