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Landlords and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 require landlords to provide smoke and, in certain situations, carbon monoxide alarms.

View the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations

Smoke alarms

Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of death and serious injury in the event of a fire.

Landlords have a duty to ensure there is a working smoke alarm on each storey of a premises where one or more rooms are used as living accommodation.

Checks must be made by the landlord, or on behalf of the landlord, to ensure all alarms are working at the beginning of each new tenancy.

Carbon monoxide alarms

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas which can kill people quickly.

Landlords have a legal duty to install a carbon monoxide alarm in any room which is used as living accommodation with a solid fuel burning appliance. Solid fuel burning appliances include: coal fires, wood fires, wood burning stoves, pellet boilers and biomass boilers.

Checks must be made by the landlord, or on behalf of the landlord, to ensure that the alarms are working at the beginning of each new tenancy.

Penalty charges

We will take action against landlords who fail to meet the legal requirements set out above, which may include issuing a Penalty Charge costing up to £5,000.

Penalty charges for breaching Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations

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