New Landlord Smoke Alarm Rules Come Into Force Next Month For England and Wales

Sep 25, 2015

Fire chiefs are celebrating after lifesaving new safety regulations have been approved by the Government following a major campaign spearheaded by Cheshire Fire. The recently accepted regulations, which make it compulsory for all landlords to fit smoke alarms onto every floor of their rented homes, were approved by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords and will come into effect on October 1 for England and Wales. This is only the case in England and Wales, as Scotland have had a requirement for such linked 5839 part 6 systems to be provided since Sep the 3rd 2007, as of December this year there is also a requirement for carbon monoxide detectors to be provided in Scotland. Both of these requirements come from the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 and 2014 (amendments) respectively. The law also forces landlords to fit carbon monoxide alarms in properties which have solid fuel burning appliances and to check the alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy. Failure to comply can result in a penalty of up to £5,000. Get a Smoke Alarm today to help protect your tenants and property.

Mark Cashin, Cheshire’s deputy chief fire officer and Chairman of the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) Home Safety Committee said: “I am delighted that the Government recognised the strength of the case we put forward and the major improvements in public safety this simple step will bring. While death and injuries from fires have reduced considerably in recent years, the majority of victims continue to be those who are most vulnerable, often living in private rented accommodation. This change will improve the safety of families and stop dozens of people from losing their lives to fire each year.”

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