Following the announcement that smoke alarms will become mandatory in PRS housing, the Fire Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP, has announced a £3 million boost to support the delivery of working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to privately-rented homes across the country.
The funding will provide around 445,000 smoke and 40,000 carbon monoxide alarms which will be free from fire and rescue authorities to private sector landlords whose properties currently do not have alarms.
Private landlords will have to install smoke detectors in all properties and carbon monoxide alarms in higher-risk properties by 10th October 2015. The RLA welcomes changes to legislation to create a safer Private Rented Sector (PRS).
Carbon Monoxide detectors are mandatory for properties with ‘high risk rooms’ which hold solid fuel – such as wood burning – heating systems.
All 46 fire and rescue authorities in England will receive alarms to distribute according to the number of privately rented properties in their area. Full details can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government website.
UPDATE – 7TH SEPTEMBER: DCLG PUBLISH GUIDES FOR LANDLORDS & TENANTS AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES
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