The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations mean landlords have a duty to ensure rented properties have:
- a smoke alarm on every floor
- a carbon monoxide alarm if they use or burn solid fuels
- alarms checked at the start of every new tenancy
The government has produced a question and answers booklet for landlords and tenants, which is available here.
Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), properties owned by registered social landlords, and hostels are excluded as they are already covered by other legislation.
If a landlord doesn't fulfil their duties we will serve a notice which sets out:
- which duties the landlord has failed to comply with
- what action should be taken
Action is required within 28 days or landlords can appeal the notice.
If a landlord fails to comply with the notice we can arrange for an authorised person to install alarms. We will also impose a penalty charge on landlords who do not comply – which can be up to £5,000. This will cover the cost of carrying out the works.
If you have concerns regarding fire safety or carbon monoxide within a rented property, contact the Environmental Health team.