Following a three month consultation; changes to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 have been announced by the government. The new legislation confirms that all private rental property must now have a carbon monoxide alarm provided where the property has gas appliances such as a boiler or fire. This will also apply to all homes when a new gas boiler or gas fire is installed.
Responsibility to repair or replace faulty alarms now falls officially on the landlord or landlord’s agent, once the tenant reports a fault. The cost to install and maintain alarm is also the landlord’s responsibility.
Previously, there was disparity between social housing landlords and private landlords, however this change in regulation has closed that gap. This is good news for safety standards, but will come at a small cost to landlords.
“It is fundamentally right for people to feel safe in their own homes – an issue I’ve advocated for many years.
“Around 20 people are killed each year in accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and many more through house fires – but we know that simple interventions can stop these needless deaths.
“I’m proud that the new rules being proposed will ensure even more homes are fitted with life-saving alarms. Whether you own your home, are privately renting or in social housing – everyone deserves to feel safe and this is an incredibly important step in protecting those at risk.”Eddie Hughes – Junior Housing Minister
If your property is managed by Grace Miller & Co. the good news is that you do not need to take any action, we will check a working alarm is fitted and will make arrangements for the alarm to be replaced during a tenancy should this be necessary.
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