New Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations


Parliament has approved the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 – the regulations which were up in the air after a House of Lords debate last week.

The vote, late on Tuesday evening, confirms that from 1st October 2015 all landlords in England, or agents acting on their behalf, will be required to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property and test them at the start of every tenancy.

Landlords or their agents must also fit carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with a solid fuel appliance, which includes wood burners and open fires.

The draft regulation states those not abiding by the regulations could face fines of up to £5,000.

David Cox, ALRA managing director, says it is concerned that landlords will not have enough time to comply with the requirements, “as it is simply impracticable for letting agents, who may manage a huge amounts of properties, to gain access to the properties and to install these alarms on behalf of their clients in the time frame allotted.”