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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 were approved by parliament and came into force on 1 October 2015.

Private Sector landlords are now required to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove). Furthermore, it is the landlord's responsibility to make sure every alarm is in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

The Council will take action when it identifies a rented property without the required smoke or carbon monoxide alarms present and considers that a landlord is not complying with their legal duty imposed by the Regulations.

The Regulations require the Council to prepare and publish a statement of principles which it proposes to follow in determining the amount of a penalty charge to impose on a relevant landlord who fails to comply with a remedial notice. This can be viewed by the link below.

For further guidance, please open the link below to read the DCLG's booklet: Q&A on Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms for the Private Rented Sector.