This week’s Call of the Week is from a landlord who is new to the sector.
He recently became a landlord after he inherited a property from a relative, and had made the decision that he wants to rent it out.
Before doing so, this landlord wanted to make sure the property was in a fit state. He has never been a landlord before, but had heard from a landlord friend that by law he is required to have carbon monoxide alarms fitted throughout the property.
With winter approaching and the landlord wanting tenants in the property ideally before Christmas, and he gave our advice team a call to ask what he was legally required to do.
Response from our landlord advice team
As the weather turns much cooler and more cookers and fires are being lit to get warm, it’s no surprise that our advice team have seen a slight rise in the number of calls relating to obligations around fire safety of late.
The advisor informed this landlord that by law, regulations require carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in rooms with a solid fuel appliance. For example, this could be a coal fire or wood burning stove.
However, it is strongly advisable for this landlord to check with their insurers and the local authority about these requirements. This is because a property could be in a licensing area, and it could even be the case that there is a licensing condition around carbon monoxide alarms that landlords need to be aware of.
The landlord confirmed that there is one coal fire in the property, and said that he would install a carbon monoxide alarm as soon as he could before he markets the property to find tenants, as well as giving his insurers and local authority a call.
The advisor also recommended that this landlord signed up to the Principles of Lettings course for an overview of the core principles when it comes to being a landlord. As well as this, the advisor suggested that the landlord signed up to the RLA’s Foundation Fire Safety e-learning course, which for the month of November is 10% off.
Landlord Advice Team Manager Rupinder Aujla said:
“With winter well and truly on its way, its no surprise that our advice team are seeing more calls relating to open fires and their obligations when it comes to fire safety. Boilers should be working and in a good condition before the temperatures fall further in November also.”
“I would urge any members who may be confused about the requirements around carbon monoxide alarms, smoke detectors and fire safety in general gives our advice team a call”.
The landlord thanked the advisor for their time.
- The Government has recently announced a review into health and safety standards in rental accommodation, including a review of carbon monoxide review requirements. Read more about this here.
- You can learn more about carbon monoxide, including some of the common signs of it and what you can do to keep your tenants safe.