It is now the Law in the UK for properties that are rented out to tenants to have smoke detectors fitted and Carbon Monoxide alarms are to be installed where a solid fuel appliance is situated. This Law was put into place in October 2015.
Failure to comply with these rules could result in the property owner being handed a fine of up to five thousand pounds. This law is currently not applicable in Wales and only in force in England at present.
These new restrictions also apply to shared accommodation such as halls of residence and apartment blocks.
Smoke alarm details:
These rules state that a smoke alarm should be on every storey of the building including bathrooms and toilets. This should be in full working order and checked on a regular basis. For a block of flats, each apartment should have a device fitted and also have one fitted to every floor and outside the apartment. Heat detectors are not enough and a proper smoke alarm must be fitted. It is best to have a wired device instead of a battery version, however If a battery alarm is in use it is advised to have batteries with a 10-year life span.
Carbon Monoxide Details:
Carbon Monoxide alarms need to be fitted for properties that have log fuel, open fires and coal stoves. Gas is not regarded as a solid fuel so it will not be required if there is a Gas stove in place. It is advised that carbon monoxide alarms are place no more than 3 metres away from the solid fuel device and in circulation distance of the smoke alarm.
Whose responsibility is it to check that the devices work?
The landlord of the property is responsible for having the alarms checked and in working order on the first day of the tenancy. It is also recommended that the tenant checks them monthly. SOS Electricals offer maintenance contracts to cover your properties get in touch with us to find out more about these.