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Landlords urged to prepare - upcoming safety rules


Regulations are due to change from Autumn 2022 making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in rooms containing a fixed combustion appliance or when installing any heating appliance (excluding gas cookers). Private landlords will be required to repair or replace any alarms reported as faulty by their tenants.

Speaking to LandlordZONE, a spokesperson for The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) commented “we will legislate as soon as parliamentary time allows and the changes will come into effect once regulations are made, which could be as early as Autumn 2022.”

Head of Policy and Campaigns at Propertymark, Timothy Douglas noted “the current regulations only oblige landlords to check that alarms are in working order on the first day of a new tenancy. Ahead of implementation, agents and their landlords should start now to plan for the changes and the impact on management practices going forward.”

The DLUHC is urging private landlords and registered social housing providers to ensure they are compliant or risk being fined.

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