From 1 October 2015, new fire safety laws require all landlords of residential properties in the private rented sector to have working smoke alarms in their properties. The regulations also make it compulsory for private landlords to fit working carbon monoxide alarms in any room containing a solid fuel appliance. Failure to comply risks a £5,000 fine.
The regulations mean it will be compulsory for landlords to:
The new legislation does not include social landlords and houses of multiple occupation as they are already covered by existing legislation.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published two booklets containing guidance for local authorities, landlords and tenants on the new Regulations: