Rental Property and Smoke Alarms

Rental Property and Smoke Alarms

“Rental Property & Smoke Alarms”

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Responsible Landlords have always ensured the safety of their Tenants. However, did you know that under The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 it is a legal requirement? Most tenanted properties legally need to have a smoke alarm fitted in its room. This applies to rooms used wholly or partly as living accommodation? Why is the relationship between rental property and smoke alarms so important? Landlords can be fined up to £5,000 for non-compliance. “Fair enough”, we say as fire alarms save lives and are not expensive to install. The regulations cover Tenanted houses, flats and bedsits. Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are separately regulated and tenancies are based on a lease exceeding seven years are exempt.

Where should you put the alarms in the property?

The law says that a smoke alarm must be fitted on every storey, where at least one room is used wholly or partly as living accommodation of any kind. On any floor sub-divided into separate units, an alarm should ideally be fitted in each unit. A communal one on a landing outside flats on the same floor is also acceptable. If a property, such as a maisonette, occupies more than one storey, an alarm should be fitted on all floors. The alarm should be able to be heard by everyone on each storey. Ideally, hard-wired alarms should be fitted and a feed from a convenient lighting point can sometimes be used to avoid expensive rewiring work, as long as this has a battery back-up.

Stand-alone alarms can also be used – ideally choose one with a 10-year battery life. Carbon Monoxide detectors should also be fitted in rooms where a tenanted property has a solid fuel appliance or an open fire.

The regulations state that both types of alarm must be working at the start of any new tenancy. Tenants must be informed of their responsibility to test alarms at regular intervals. Usually this will happen every three months by simply pushing a button.

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