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Smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide alarms Explained

Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide AlarmsOne of the most frequent questions we were asked from...

Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

One of the most frequent questions we were asked from both Landlords and Tenants is Who is responsibly for installing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Finally, after years of conflicting information, the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in all rental properties within the private rented sector and social housing, was made compulsory in 2015 - and is the responsibility of the Landlord to install.
Landlords are required to have: 

Carbon Monoxide Alarm - a Carbon Monoxide alarm must be provided in each room that has a gas /solid fuel appliance within it.

What is carbon monoxide? - Carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer” because it is odourless, tasteless and colourless. It’s also toxic, since the gas can prevent your body from properly transporting oxygen. If inhaled in high concentrations, carbon monoxide poisoning can happen quickly; it can also occur slowly if toxic gas levels build up slowly over time.

Smoke Alarm – a smoke alarm must be installed on each storey of the rental property. Most properties will already have a smoke alarm installed and this is checked on our regular inspection report. 

To note: it continues to be the tenants responsibility to change the batteries and test the alarm regularly.

In the meantime, please contact our office if you would like further information and advice ipswich@belvoir.co.uk 

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