The Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

From October 1st 2015 these Regulations require Landlords to ensure the Fire safety of their tenants as well as protection from Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Landlords will be required to;-

  • Install a smoke alarm on every floor of their property.

  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm.

  • Check that alarms are working at the start of every ‘new tenancy’.

The Regulations apply to:-

  • All ‘specified tenancies’, i.e. residential premises were a person/persons have a right to occupy and pay rent.

  • Enforcement of the Regulations is the responsibility of the local Housing Authority who can require a landlord to fit alarms or, if the landlord fails to do so, has the power to arrange for them to be fitted. There is a power to levy a penalty charge of up to £5000.

The Regulations do not apply to:-

  • Registered social landlords,

  • Premises such as, HMO’s, Hospitals, Hospices, Hotels, Refuges, Care homes, lodgers, long leases, student halls of residence.

Detector Criteria

£3.2m of funding was made available to purchase smoke & CO detectors for distribution to landlords by Fire Services in order to ease the transition.

Unfortunately our Carbon Monoxide or Smoke detectors have been distributed and there are none left in stock.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Services allocation of detectors was (12,080 Smoke & 1,420 CO) only smoke detectors can now be obtained by Landlords, free of charge on the understanding they meet the following criteria:-

  • The Regulations must apply to their premises, see above.

  • The registration page must be completed, printed off (to exchange for detectors at your nearest Area Fire Safety Department) and submitted.

  • Free online Fire Risk Assessments are still available, which you can complete yourself.

  • Your rented premises may require a more substantial means of warning in case of fire. Battery smoke detectors should only be considered as an interim measure subject to your Fire Risk Assessment. Further advice on compliance with Regulations can be obtained from you local Housing Authority and Fire Safety Department.



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