Change of Law - Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2022

Change of Law - Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements

Last updated 15 July 2022 - new CO requirements from 1 October 2022.

Introduction

Since 1 October 2015 landlords in England have been required to:

ensure smoke alarms are installed in all of their rented residential accommodation, and

ensure carbon monoxide alarms are fitted in every room with a solid fuel heating appliance. This includes any open fireplace that is available for use i.ee not blocked off. 

As of 1 October 2022, the legislation will be updated, expanding the number of rooms which will require a carbon monoxide alarm.

The regulations apply both to houses and flats and also to HMOs; and are included in HMO licences. Failure to comply can lead to a civil penalty being imposed of up to £5,000.

These provisions only apply in England at the moment. However similar requirements are set to be introduced in Wales once the Renting Homes Wales Act is brought into force.

The following page will provide landlords with guidance on how to comply with this legislation and to ensure that properties are safe for tenants.

 

You can read the full update here: Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements | NRLA