New measures to require smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in homes to rent are being welcomed by landlords. The move comes after calls for such a policy in the Residential Landlords Association’s manifesto for the private rented sector (PRS).
In response to a consultation on property conditions in the sector, Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis MP, has today announced that from October 2015 all private rented sector homes will require a working smoke alarm on every floor of the property.
The measures will also mean that landlords would need to install carbon monoxide alarms where there is considered to be a higher risk, such as rooms with a solid fuel heating system.
Ministers have also pledged extra funding for fire and rescue authorities to offer free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to local landlords.
Commenting on the development, Alan Ward, Chairman of the Residential Landlords Association said:
“The RLA has long called for a safe, legal and secure private rented sector. Today’s announcement plays a major part in meeting this goal.
“This is a policy that we campaigned hard for, and was a key part of the RLA’s manifesto for the private rented sector.
“Proposals for funding to provide free alarms to landlords are particularly welcome and I look forward to seeing the details of this.”
- The RLA’s manifesto for the private rented sector can be found at www.rla.org.uk/manifesto
- Details of the announcement from the Department for Communities and Local Government can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tenants-safer-under-new-government-measures