Smoke & Cardon Monoxide Alarms; what YOU as a landlord need to know

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There are quite a few new regulations coming into force on 1 October. One of them relates to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

These will provide that landlords must

  • Install a smoke alarm on every floor of their property
  • Fit a carbon monoxide detector in rooms containing a solid fuel appliance
  • Check that all alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy (it will then be down to the tenants to test them during the tenancy)

The new regulations will be enforced by local authorities who have the power to levy a penalty charge of up to £5,000.

As an incentive to landlords, all Fire & Rescue Services have been provided with a supply of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms by the Government, to be distributed to landlords free of charge (as announced here in March).

So if you want one of these, you will need to contact your Local Fire & Rescue service to find out how you can claim one.

You may be able to find something on their website or on your local authority website.  If not, ring them up and ask them about it.

If you require further information on any of the above then please contact Allen Residential directly on 01761 412300 or email