Changes in legislation for Landlords

New legislation will come into force on the 1st October 2015 for Private Landlords in England regarding smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms.

 

Here is a summary of the legislation, passed through Parliament in September 2015:

 

–   Landlords must fit a smoke alarm on every storey

–   Landlords must fit a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm in every room with a solid fuel burning appliance

–   Alarms must be tested and working on the start of each tenancy

–   Penalties of up to £5,000 for those that flaunt the rule. It is outlined that the relevant Local Authority will enforce

 

It should be noted that:

–   There is no grace period

–   The regulations do not stipulate the type of alarm to be installed however the Q&A booklet states:

‘Landlords   should make an informed decision and choose the best alarms for their properties and tenant’.

–   Although the legislation refers only to solid fuel burning appliances in relation to CO alarms, the Q&A booklet states in relation to gas appliances that:

‘we would expect and encourage reputable landlords to ensure that working carbon monoxide alarms are installed in rooms with these [gas appliances].’

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 Aico recommends that landlords also fit to these Standards.

 

Where to fit:

Aico recommend 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.

LD2 (Medium Protection) 

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LD1 (High Protection)

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What to fit:

Aico recommend a Grade D alarm, which is mains powered interlinked alarms with back-up power supply.

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Find out more about Mains Powered Battery Back-Up Smoke & Heat alarms here…

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 Aico recommends that landlords also fit to these Standards.

Where to fit:

Fit in:

> rooms that have a fuel burning appliance

> where people spend the most time

> where people sleep

> in each room that a flue runs through or

   alongside 

2-3 Story British Standards OUTLINED

The DCLG have produced supporting documents, which you can find below:

 

 

 

Legislation document (The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015)
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015: Q&A booklet for the private rented sector – landlords and tenants

 

 

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