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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms in Privately-Rented Homes

The government recently announced new regulations which come into force on 1 October 2015, requiring landlords to fit smoke alarms in all privately rented homes. The same regulations also require Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms to be fitted in all rooms where solid fuels are burnt. Landlords will also be required to check that alarms are working at the start of every ‘new tenancy’. The enforcing body for any breaches of the new regulations is the relevant local council, with landlords facing fines of up to £5000 for compliance failure.

The new regulations will apply to all ‘specified tenancies’ (residential premises where a person or persons have a right to occupy the premises and rent is payable). The regulations specifically exclude licensable Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and properties owned by registered social landlords. Other excluded premises include; lodgers, long-leases, student halls of residence, hostels and refuges, care homes, hospitals and hospices. 

HMO’s, hostels etc. are already covered by other legislation and specific guidance already exists to assist landlords determine the appropriate standard of fire detection and alarm. 

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has been given a limited supply of smoke alarms and CO alarms by the Government. DFRS is providing the alarms to landlords FREE of charge to help bridge the gap* caused by the new legislation. *The smoke alarms are a one-off interim measure and should be replaced by an interlinked and hard-wired alarm system at a future date. Local housing standards departments can be contacted to provide further guidance on the standard required.

Private landlords can request alarms for up to ten properties using the online form below. Landlords with more than ten properties which require alarms should contact our headquarters on 01773 305 305 and ask for the Protection Policy department to discuss your needs.

Click here to complete a request for smoke alarms and CO alarms.

Further information can be found on the Alarms4life website www.alarms4life.com

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