Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Since 2015, all new tenancies had to have working Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors fitted.  Smoke detectors on every residential floor, and CO in any room have solid fuel heating – but not gas.  Note that HMO’s are subject to seperate regulations.

In draft regulations, these 4 proposals have been made, which if accpeted would become law this October (2022):

  1. Smoke alarm regulations will now apply to all tenancies.
  2. Previously, carbon monoxide alarms were only required where a tenant had the ability to burn ‘solid fuel’.  Going forward, carbon monoxide detectors will be required in any room where there is a ‘fixed combustion applicance’.
    This means that oil and gas fired boilers will be caught by the new rules as will built in gas fires.  However, a gas cooker or hob is expressly excluded from the definition of ‘a fixed combustion appliance’ as indeed are portable appliances.
  3. If a tenant raises complaints that an alarms is not working properly, the landlord will be under a statutory obligation to sort out the problem ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’.
  4. The new regulations will now be applicable right across the sector including both private and social landlords.

All the details can be seen here.



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