From October 2015 the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 require most private sector landlords, to:
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 make sure this is addressed.
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.
If the landlord fails to meet the new regulations the council can arrange for them to be fitted and issue a penalty charge notice up to £5,000.
New legislation requires all domestic landlords to ensure all floors within a property are served by a working smoke alarm. Also, in a number of situations it is recommended that CO alarm/s are installed to protect against carbon monoxide leaks.
At least one smoke alarm should be installed on every storey and a carbon monoxide alarm in every room containing a solid fuel burning appliance. The smoke alarms should be audible throughout the property and positioned to maximise their potential to detect smoke. In general, smoke alarms should be fixed to the ceiling in a circulation space, such as a hall or a landing. Carbon monoxide alarms are positioned at head height, either on a wall or shelf, approximately one to three metres from the potential source of carbon monoxide.
Not at all! Just make sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. It’s recommended that you test your detectors each month. Batteries, on the other hand, should be replaced once a year. If you just installed your carbon monoxide or smoke unit, don’t worry about replacing it anytime soon – if properly maintained, you should only book an alarm replacement once every 10 years.
These duties apply to almost all residential premises in the private rented sector. It also includes tenancies where the building is in mixed-use such as a flat above a shop.
Flowteck provides the Buy to Let Landlord access to qualified, competent Gas Safety and Electrical engineers to carry out inspections on their property.