Spotlight on Regulations for Residential Landlords - Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
- AuthorAndrew Morley
Landlords today face a bewildering array of regulations. Many are centred around tenant safety and might be thought matters of common sense or good practice, but any breach could lead variously to a fine, compensation claim, a Prohibition Notice requiring remedial works to be undertaken, render any Notice Seeking possession ineffective against the tenant or even find the landlord behind bars.
With this in mind this regular series aims to highlight the main responsibilities the landlord has to contend with.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms – Fully functioning smoke alarms must be fitted on each floor. If any room contains a solid fuel burning appliance, such as a wood burning stove, a coal fire, any open fireplace or where biomass is used as fuel then a carbon monoxide alarm must also be fitted. The relevant law is The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.
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