New regulations on smoke alarms for residential landlords

Posted on: October 16th, 2015

On 1 October 2015 new regulations came into force requiring residential landlords to install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms at their properties. Landlords must now ensure that smoke alarms are installed on every floor of a dwelling where a room is used wholly or partly for living accommodation and a carbon monoxide alarm is installed in any room where solid fuel is used.

These rules apply to all residential accommodation let to tenants so include flats above shops or other commercial premises and apply regardless of when the tenancy first started. Failure to comply can result in fines of up to £5,000.

There is also an additional requirement upon landlords to check the equipment is in working order at the start of any new tenancy.

If you are a landlord and would like any further information on this legislation, please contact our Commercial Property team for specialist advice.