Smoke Alarms

How we’re keeping tenants safer

New legislation that came into force on 1st October 2015 has made it compulsory for all landlords to fit smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors into their rented properties.

The new rules mean a smoke alarm must be installed on each floor of a property used as living accommodation. A carbon monoxide detector should be fitted into any room with a solid fuel appliance, such as an open fuel fire, wood burning stove or kitchen equipment such as a solid fuel Aga.

In addition, landlords are required to check that all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order when a new tenancy begins and these checks should be conducted periodically.

Failure to comply with these new rules could lead to a penalty charge of up to £5000.

Exclusions to the new law include Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), hostels, care homes, hospitals, hospices and student halls of residence.

These new rules align private rented properties with existing building regulations for new homes, which require the installation of smoke alarms. The legislation is part of the government’s efforts to improve safety standards in the private rented sector.

With a person being at least 4 times more likely to die in a fire if there is no working smoke alarm installed, Redstones have embraced the enhanced tenant safety this new law will help to ensure.

In fact, going above minimum safety measures, we are advising all landlords with properties that use gas to install a carbon monoxide detector, as well as smoke alarms if they haven’t installed them already.

We have pro-actively contacted each of our landlords and have assisted them in installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. As a result, our landlords ensured the right safety measures for their tenants well in advance of the 1st October deadline.

If you’re a landlord and require assistance to understand how the legislation will affect you, don’t hesitate to contact Redstones today.