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The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

New Regulations are expected to come into force in October requiring landlords in the private rented sector in England (excluding those that are registered providers of social housing) to ensure that a  smoke alarm is equipped in every storey of their property and that a carbon monoxide alarm is provided in any room which contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.

Failure to comply with these Regulations which will be enforced by local housing authorities will result in a fine of up to £5000.

As the title suggests, these Regulations apply to England only, although the Welsh Government is likely to follow suit in due course. In Scotland, the requirements for the installation of smoke alarms in private rented housing are unchanged for which statutory guidance is available on the Private Rented Housing Panel website - www.prhpscotland.gov.uk.

In the case of landlords in Northern Ireland, guidance concerning smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is available from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service via the following link - www.nifrs.org/fire-safety/community-information-bulletins/

Liverpool Victoria Insurance have been looking into these new regulations and have produced a Risk Bulletin detailing what you need to know as a landlord. 

It can be viewed by clicking here!

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