The government has released detailed guidance for landlords ahead of a change in the law around smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, due to come into force on 1st October 2022.
As of that date, all relevant landlords must:
1. Ensure there is at least one smoke alarm on each storey of their property where there is a room used as living accommodation. (This has been a legal requirement in the private rented sector since 2015).
2. Ensure a carbon monoxide alarm is fitted in any room used as living accommodation which contains a fixed combustion application (excluding gas cookers).
3. Ensure both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are repaired or replaced once informed and found that they are faulty.
Landlords are being encouraged to make sure they fully understand the regulations and start preparing as soon as possible.
After 1st October, there will be fines of up to £5,000 for non-compliance to the new regulations.
You can find the government guidance for landlords and tenants here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarms-explanatory-booklet-for-landlords
Original source: https://propertyindustryeye.com/get-ready-now-for-the-start-of-new-smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarm-regulations/