On 1st October, new policies came into place, amending the Smoke and Carbon Regulations 2015. Landlords need to be aware of the following:
· Ensure at least one smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of their homes where there is a room used as living accommodation. This has been a legal requirement in the private rented sector since 2015.
· Ensure a carbon monoxide alarm is equipped in any room used as living accommodation which contains a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers).
· Ensure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are repaired or replaced once informed and found that they are faulty.
What happens if you don’t comply with the new regulations?
The requirements are enforced by local authorities who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice.
Do you need advice?
There are more than 150 pieces of legislation that govern long term rentals, and we anticipate that changes will continue to be made and new legislation will be introduced. It is more important than ever to keep up to date to ensure that you are compliant, so you don’t face any fines and most importantly, are not breaking the law.
We are members of ARLA Propertymark, the professional body for the property sector, meaning that we work to professional standards through regulation, accredited and recognised qualifications. We stay up to date with changes and upcoming changes to the rental sector and advise our landlords to ensure they are compliant.
If you have any questions about the new regulations or would like to have a chat with us about your rental property please get in touch.
Lorna White, Associate
0333 920 2220 Ext 2258 / 07973 134046