Alarms must be tested at the start of every new tenancy - the regulations do not stipulate the type of alarm to be installed; rather, landlords should make an informed decision and choose the best alarm for their circumstances and property. Landlords who fail to comply with the duties outlined in the regulations may be subject to a civil penalty.
The good news is that the Government launched a £3million fund on March 19 which means thousands more tenants living in private rented homes will have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms distributed through England’s 46 fire and rescue authorities.
The funding will benefit private rented houses across the country, providing around 445,000 smoke and 40,000 carbon monoxide alarms which will be available free from local fire and rescue authorities to private sector landlords whose properties currently do not have fitted alarms.
The new legislation coming into force in October that requires anyone renting out their home to ensure there is a smoke alarm on every floor of the home at the start of the tenancy is very positive and Carter Jonas property managers will ensure that our landlords adhere to this rule to ensure tenant safety.
However, whilst landlords will be under a duty to install and initially test alarms, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis, when announcing the proposals which he hoped would prevent 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year, said tenants were urged to “regularly test their alarms to ensure they work when it counts”.
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