Avoid a compliance fine of up to £5,000 from October 2015
New Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came to force on 1st October 2015.
The purpose of the new regulation is for landlords to ensure fire safety in the properties they let as well as eradicate carbon monoxide poisoning and prevent over 25 deaths and 650 injuries per year connected to non-existence or malfunctioning of the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
The regulation stipulates that landlords will have to ensure that a smoke alarm is fitted on every floor of their property where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation. They will also have to put a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where a solid fuel is burnt, such as wood, coal or biomass and includes open fires. It does not include gas, oil or LPG.
The above is basic protection and for maximum level of safety recommendation stands at smoke alarm being fitted in every room except bathroom and kitchen (for kitchen, a heat detector is advised).
Every single alarm will need to be tested at the beginning of the tenancy or during an inspection of the property. Non-compliance carries a maximum penalty of £5,000.
Call us on 020 8566 3333 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can install the new smoke alarm and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm for you as per regulation.