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New Safety Regulations Announced for Private Landlords

The Government has announced that from October 2015 landlords will be required to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties. 
 
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:
 
“In 1988 just 8% of homes had a smoke alarm installed – now it’s over 90%.  The vast majority of landlords offer a good service and have installed smoke alarms in their homes, but I’m changing the law to ensure every tenant can be given this important protection.
 
But with working smoke alarms providing the vital seconds needed to escape a fire, I urge all tenants to make sure they regularly test their alarms to ensure they work when it counts. Testing regularly remains the tenant’s responsibility.”
 
The proposed changes to the law would require landlords to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property, and test them at the start of every tenancy. Landlords would also need to install carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms – such as those where a solid fuel heating system is installed.
 
Those who fail to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms would face sanctions and could face a fine of up to a £5,000. This would bring private rented properties into line with existing building regulations that already require newly-built homes to have hard-wired smoke alarms installed.
 
What to do next? 
 
If you require further advice or information on Health and Safety regulations for private landlords, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
 
Call 01789 761660

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