Landlords must comply with new smoke and carbon monoxide regulations

Private landlords across the borough need to comply with updated smoke and carbon monoxide regulations which come into force from October.

Landlords must comply with new smoke and carbon monoxide regulations

The government has published new guidance which landlords must adhere to from October 1, 2022 or face financial penalties.

As part of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022, landlords need to fit carbon monoxide alarms in rooms which are used as living accommodation and contain a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers).

They should also make sure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are repaired or replaced once they are reported by tenants and found to be faulty.

Registered providers of social housing must also ensure at least one smoke alarm is provided on each storey of their homes where rooms are used as living accommodation - a legal requirement in the private rented sector since 2015.

The regulations are in place to ensure private and social tenants are safe in their homes and encourage landlords to install alarms if they haven’t already done so.

Any landlord in Telford and Wrekin found to be in breach of the regulations could be fined up to £5,000.

According to the Office for National Statistics, there are approximately 60 accidental deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning at properties in England and Wales each year.

Despite the number of fire fatalities having reduced significantly over the past decades, there are also approximately 37,000 house fires and 200 fire related deaths each year in the UK.  

According to British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE) data for 2020-21, in England there was a 28% failure rate of smoke alarms that failed to operate or weren’t present in properties.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 were approved by the House of Commons and the House of Lords on 27 June 2022,

Councillor Richard Overton (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Enforcement and Transport said: “The safety of our residents in accommodation across the borough is of paramount importance to us.

“Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are essential in properties to highlight potential dangers to tenants.

“These new regulations are intended to guide landlords across the borough and help us as the local authority to enforce them effectively.

“We want to work closely with landlords to ensure properties are as safe as they can be for tenants living in them, giving them peace of mind.”

If you are a tenant or a landlord, you can find out more about this new guidance here.





 

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