The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations came into force from 1 October 2015. They require that any rented residential properties are fitted with a smoke and carbon monoxide detector.
For private landlords, the regulations state that each floor of a rented property should have a smoke alarm. And a carbon monoxide detector in any room that has a solid fuel system. This means a coal fire or wood burning stove. Gas is not a solid fuel, so there is no requirement to install a detector near a gas boiler. However, they are not expensive so it’s wise to fit one anyway.
The rules apply to all tenancies, even if the people living there moved in before 1 October this year. Failure to meet the standards or comply with the regulations could result in a £5,000 fine.
At Outlet, we suggest being extra vigilant when it comes to both installing, testing and servicing boilers, fires and smoke or carbon monoxide detectors.
*Please seek advice from a professional to establish whether you have a solid fuel heating system.
Want help managing your properties? Outlet can organise and take care of any rolling schedule of work that needs to take place, such as reminding you when gas inspections are due.
Call us on 020 7287 4244 to discuss property management services.