New regulations in the Energy Act 2013 will require smoke alarms and in certain circumstances Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms to be installed in rented residential accommodation in England. To prepare for this the RLA has produced a series of guides to help landlords understand their responsibilities, and a webpage to help contact your local Fire & Rescue service for more details.
The RLA has created a series of three guides to help landlords understand their responsibilities as failure to comply can lead to a civil penalty being imposed of up to £5,000. The regulations apply to both houses and flats.
The RLA has also created a webpage with information about local Fire & Rescue authorities, so that landlords can get information quickly and easily regarding availability of Smoke Alarms and CO detectors, and potential safety assessments for privately rented properties.
UPDATE: September 7th 2015
Please note: although Government has not approved proposals this guidance is likely to keep landlords compliant. We will inform readers when we have received confirmation on requirements.
The DCLG has published two guides regarding the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.
Q&A Booklet for the Private Rented Sector – landlords and tenants
- The document answers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding responsibilities, what type of alarms are required, exemptions, and enforcement
- Click here to view the guide for landlords and tenants
Explanatory Booklet for Local Authorities
- This guide provides local authorities the information required to enforce the laws that are likely to be approved by Government.
- Enforcement authorities (local authorities) are required to issue a remedial notice where they have reasonable grounds to believe a landlord has not complied with one or more of the requirements.
- Click here to view the explanatory booklet for local authorities
Landlords will rightly gravitate towards the booklet designed for them; however, the local authority guidance could be of use because of the Enforcement Process that is laid out in the second document.
Either way, there is no excuse for non-compliance and landlords face heavy sanctions for failing to adhere to legislation.