Landlords: Are you ready for the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations?

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Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, under measures announced earlier this year. The move will help prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year.

The measure is due to take effect from 1st October 2015 and comes with strong support after a consultation on property condition in the private rented sector.

England’s 46 fire and rescue authorities are expected to support private landlords in their own areas to meet their new responsibilities with the provision of free alarms, with grant funding from government.

This is part of wider government moves to ensure there are sufficient measures in place to protect public safety, while at the same time avoiding regulation which would push up rents and restrict the supply of homes, limiting choice for tenants.

As part of the regulations, smoke alarms must be installed on each storey of rented properties and carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in each room of rented properties which contain a solid fuel burning combustion appliance. All alarms must be checked at the start of each new tenancy.

Contact CumbriaFire & Rescue Service for more information.