Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms Regulations

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The amended Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2022 come into force on 1 October 2022

As of this date, landlords must:

  • Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of their homes that contains a room used as living space. This has been a legal requirement for landlords in the private rental sector since 2015.
  • Ensure the presence of a carbon monoxide alarm is present in any room used as a living space containing a fixed combustion appliance, excluding gas cookers.
  • Replace or repair smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms if they are found to be faulty.

Penalties for Non-Compliance: Local authorities enforce these requirements and can fine landlords up to £5,000 if they fail to comply with a remedial notice.

All rental properties in England, including buy-to-lets, and licensed and unlicensed HMOs, must have a carbon monoxide alarm in living spaces that contain a fixed combustion appliance, such as gas heaters and boilers, as well as log-burning stoves and oil boilers.

How Winfields Can Help: Our property management team ensures that our landlords are up-to-date with all legislation and compliant. Our gas engineers will check all managed properties for a carbon monoxide alarm and install one if needed, ensuring the protection of tenants and landlords.

Stay Ahead of Legislation and Compliance: In a constantly changing landscape of government and local authority regulations, our fully managed rental services ensure that your property remains compliant at all times. We can arrange necessary work, communicate with trusted contractors, and alleviate the stress for busy landlords.

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