New smoke alarm laws for landlords in England
New regulations have been introduced in England that require landlords to install smoke alarms on every level of their properties, to test the alarms at the beginning of every tenancy, and to replace the alarms when they stop working. In addition, landlords must fit carbon monoxide alarms in any room where there is a solid fuel-burning appliance, including open fires and wood burners. Once tenants are living in their rented property, they are expected to carry out regular tests and let their landlord know if smoke alarms have stopped working. The new law, part of a government scheme to ensure the safety of tenants, takes effect on the 1st October 2015.
Peter Alan is advising landlords in Wales to also fit their properties with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as this is expected to become legislation in Wales in the near future.
“We recommend that all of our landlords make sure that their properties have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms fitted, primarily to ensure the safety of their tenants, but also to protect themselves against any health and safety breaches and issues with insurance claims if there was a fire at the property” says Angela Davey, Head of Lettings at Peter Alan.
Peter Alan is a large and well-regulated, ARLA-qualified letting agent which conducts professional inventories, provides a tailor made approach and is a member of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme. Peter Alan offers a range of lettings services and advice, from matching tenants to their ideal properties to full property management, rent collection and insurance
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