Propertymark is urging agents to ensure they are aware of the forthcoming changes to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations, as they could come into effect as soon as Autumn 2022.
Since 1 October 2015, landlords have needed to ensure that a smoke alarm is fitted on every floor of their property where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation.
They also must put a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where solid fuel is burnt, such as wood, coal or biomass and including open fires. It does not include gas, oil or LPG. Landlords or agents must ensure that the alarms work at the start of each new tenancy.
Following a consultation in November 2021, there would be the following key changes to the rules:
- carbon monoxide alarms will be mandatory in rooms with a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers) in both private and social rented homes
- carbon monoxide alarms will also be mandatory upon installation of any heating appliance (excluding gas cookers) in all tenures through building regulations
- private and social landlords will be expected to repair or replace alarms once informed that they are faulty
- smoke alarms will be mandatory in all social rented homes