Mandatory Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Mandatory Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

CO and Smoke Alarms to Become Law in October

Mandatory Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

From 1st October 2015, Landlords will be required by law to supply and fit smoke alarms and carbon dioxide alarms in their properties.  The move is designed to prevent some of the 26 deaths and 670 injuries sustained as a result of smoke and carbon dioxide every year in the UK.

The new law will require landlords to fit a smoke alarm on every floor of their property and to test them at the commencement of each tenancy.  Carbon Monoxide alarms will be required to protect the occupants of a property in high risk areas - for example where there is a solid fuel appliance - but the installation of Carbon Dioxide is considered best practice in all cases where an appliance can generate it.

Failure to comply with the regulations is likely to lead to a number of sanctions, including a fine of up to £5000.

Maher Ross are currently undertaking a review of our Fully Managed portfolio and we are assiting our Landlords to provide the equipment required.  Mains powered smoke, heat and CO alarms with battery back-ups are preffered however, battery alarms are considered the minimum acceptable standard.

Once installed and tested, tenants are obliged under the Maher Ross Tenancy Agreement to test the alarms every month and replace the batteries when required.

NB THe legislation is still in draft format - expected to be introduced on 1 October 2015.  A copy of the draft legislation can be found by clicking on the following link:  DRAFT LEGISLATION

Further information can be obtained from  HERE  or by contacting the Maher Ross team on 01983 563000.