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Thu 21 Jul 2022

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

The regulations on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in rentals are changing in October. If you are a landlord then the following will almost certainly apply to you.

We’ve anticipated these changes for a while now, and we’ve had confirmation that the expected amendments to the existing smoke and carbon monoxide alarm legislation are going through. As of 1st October 2022 the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 will stipulate that a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm must be installed in a room that contains a fixed combustion applicance (other than a gas cooker).

A fixed combustion device includes gas boilers, open fires, log burners, gas heaters, gas fires (this list is not exhaustive).

With regards to smoke alarms the regulations currently stipulate that landlords must ensure a smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of the premises where there is a room used as living accommodation. The amended regulations are expanding on this and will further stipulate that if a tenant (or their representative) makes a report to the landlord that a smoke alarm (or carbon monoxide alarm) is not in proper working order, the landlord must ensure that the alarm is repaired or replaced as soon as reasonably practicable. Landlords must also continue to ensure that the alarms are working on the first day of a new tenancy.