New legislation for landlords regarding smoke & Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms.


From the 1st October 2015 for private landlords in England the new legislation regarding smoke & Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms has changed.

What is this new law regarding smoke alarms?

I am a landlord, how will this affect me?

Best Practice

Smoke alarms are life saving devices and each have their own British Standard (BS 5839-6:2013) that will tell you where to put the alarms. Building Regs, Local Authorities, HMO Licences and Installers fit to these Standards, and Simlec recommends that landlords also fit to these Standards.

We recommend a Grade D alarm system as a minimum, which is a mains powered interlinked alarm with back-up power supply, and to ­fit to a LD2 (Medium Protection) level, but a risk assessment should be done by the landlord to determine the level of coverage required for their tenant.

 

CO alarms are life saving devices and each have their own British Standard (BS EN 50292:2013) that will tell you where to put the alarms. Building Regs, Local Authorities, HMO Licences and Installers fit to these Standards, and Simlec recommends that landlords also fit to these Standards.

 

 

Summary of the legislation passed through Parliament in September 2015 and enforced from the 1st October 2015:

  • Landlords must fit a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm in every room with a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.Simlec co detector
  • Landlords must fit a smoke alarm on every storey.
  • Alarms must be regularly tested.
  • Alarms must be tested & working on the start of each tenancy.
  • Penalties of up to £5,000 for those that flaunt the rule. (Local Authority will enforce)