Back in 2015 The Smoke Alarm Regulations came into being. Now, apparently approx 30% of UK residents have never tested their smoke alarms so, what does all of this mean for landlords and tenants?
Let’s talk about landlords first:
- Landlords must install a smoke alarm on every floor of their rental property.
- Landlords must install a carbon monoxide alarm in any room with a solid fuel burning appliance (E.g. Coal fire, wood burning stove). Though not a requirement, it is advisable to also install one near a gas appliance.
- Licensed HMOs are exempt from this regulation as they must comply with separate fire safety regulations.
- Social housing landlords are exempt.
- Live-in landlords are exempt.
Whether exempt or not, it would behove all landlords to ensure the safety of their tenants.
- All alarms should be in working order at the start date of a new tenancy as per the tenancy start date stated in the tenancy agreement. This does not include tenancy renewals.
- It is advisable to obtain the tenant’s signature for them to confirm that the alarms were tested and working in their presence. This could be included in a document that also confirms they have received all documentation as per the “How To Rent Guide“.
- Or, it could be included in an inventory and schedule of condition.
There are no requirements for a specific type of alarm or on the location of the alarm installation. It is recommended to follow manufacturer’s instructions and that they are installed on a ceiling in a circulation space i.e. hall or landing. Carbon Monoxide detectors should be placed at head height and approx one to three metres from the solid fuel/ gas appliance. If in doubt on the installation of alarms you can also contact you local fire service for advice.
The failure to comply with these regulations is a fine of up to £5000 if the 28 day remedial notice has not been adhered to.