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New regulations for rented properties

Published October 13th, 2015

New regulations regarding the provision of smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in rented properties have come into force.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into effect on October 1, making the installation of smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms compulsory in let properties.

Emily Meredith, a surveyor with Berrys at Shrewsbury, said Berrys has written to clients with tenanted properties and is in the process of ensuring that all properties it manages comply with the new regulations.

“In most cases smoke alarms have already been fitted but we are reviewing all properties to ensure that they do comply. There must be a smoke alarm on each floor of the property and a Carbon Monoxide alarm in each room with gas or solid fuel appliances that is used as living accommodation.” Emily said.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms must be present in each room with a burning device; this includes heating boilers, solid fuel fires and stoves and gas cookers.

“Although the regulations do not include rooms with gas appliances, the Private Rented Sector Code of Conduct does require CO alarms to be fitted in all rooms with either gas or solid fuel appliances. Berrys subscribes to this code and therefore is advising landlords of the need to fit alarms,” she said.

The regulations extend to all houses, however let, and so include those, for example, included within farm tenancies, occupied on service occupancies or let as part of part of business premises.

“Although this new legislation is for landlords it does affect those that sub-let the property. We are advising tenants for their own safety to ensure apparatus is fitted correctly and is working at all times, replacing batteries when necessary,” Emily added.

Failure to comply with the regulations renders a landlord liable to a fine of £5,000.

For more information contact Emily Meredith at Berrys on 01743 267067 or email emily.meredith@berrys.uk.com

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