carbon monoxide alarms – are they a legal requirement?

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3 years ago

carbon monoxide alarms – are they a legal requirement?

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carbon monoxide alarms – are they a legal requirement?

Did the proposed changes to the law that would require landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms become law in October or is this still being talked about.co2



Neil Patterson

3 years ago

Hi Mark,

This is straight from the .Gov site

Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, under measures announced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis today (11 March 2015).

The move will help prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year.

The measure is expected to take effect from 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.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:

In 1988 just 8% of homes had a smoke alarm installed – now it’s over 90%.

The vast majority of landlords offer a good service and have installed smoke alarms in their homes, but I’m changing the law to ensure every tenant can be given this important protection.

But with working smoke alarms providing the vital seconds needed to escape a fire, I urge all tenants to make sure they regularly test their alarms to ensure they work when it counts. Testing regularly remains the tenant’s responsibility.

Communities Minister Stephen Williams said:

We’re determined to create a bigger, better and safer private rented sector – a key part of that is to ensure the safety of tenants with fire prevention and carbon monoxide warning.

People are at least 4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there’s no working smoke alarm.

That’s why we are proposing changes to the law that would require landlords to install working smoke alarms in their properties so tenants can give their families and those they care about a better chance of escaping a fire.

Ensuring the safety of tenants

Other measures to support the private rented sector include investing £1 billion in building newly-built homes specifically for private rent, giving tenants support against rogue landlords and publishing a How to rent guide so tenants and landlords alike are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

The proposed changes to the law would require landlords to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property, and test them at the start of every tenancy.

Landlords would also need to install carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms – such as those where a solid fuel heating system is installed.

Those who fail to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms would face sanctions and could face up to a £5,000 civil penalty.

This would bring private rented properties into line with existing building regulations that already require newly-built homes to have hard-wired smoke alarms installed.

And it’s in line with other measures the government has taken to improve standards in the private rented sector, without wrapping the industry up in red tape.
Further information

New regulations will be laid in Parliament to require landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, and are expected to come into force, subject to Parliamentary approval, on 1 October 2015.

The allocation of funding to fire and rescue authorities to offer free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to local landlords will be announced shortly.

The government’s Fire Kills campaign will be encouraging people to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks to British Summer Time. The ‘Tick Tock Test’ campaign will run on radio, online and in the press from 16 to 29 March 2015.

Romain Garcin

3 years ago

In the new regulation as it stands carbon monoxide alarms are only made mandatory in rooms containing a "solid fuel burning combustion appliance".
Thus it won't be required for gas appliances.

I don't know if it has actually been enacted yet, though.

Commercial Trust

3 years ago

The statutory instrument is still in its draft stage and thus still subject to parliamentary approval, but is expected to come into force on 1st October 2015.

Also of note is that the legislation only applies in England, not Wales.

There are also a few exceptions:

- Shared accommodation with the landlord or a member of the landlord's family
- Long leases / tenancies with terms exceeding 7 years
- Student halls
- Hostels and refuges
- Care homes
- Hospitals, hospices and other healthcare facilities

More information:

mark walsh

3 years ago

Thanks for your help i also checked with council solid fuel and will give 28 days le way from 1 October then 5k fine

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