We wrote last month about how the law changed on 1 October forcing landlords of private rented accommodation to make sure every storey used as living accommodation was fitted with a smoke alarm and every room containing a solid fuel burning appliance was fitted with a carbon monoxide detector.
What some landlords don’t realise is that many of the 46 fire and rescue authorities across the UK are behind them and helping them meet these new responsibilities by offering free alarms through Government grants.
Certainly the London Fire Brigade is offering free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms courtesy of DCLG funding to all qualifying private landlords. If you own a rental property anywhere in Greater London, or are an agent managing property on behalf of a landlord in this area, then you are invited to apply for one free smoke alarm per floor and one carbon monoxide detector for every room containing a solid fuel burning appliance.
It’s a limited supply so don’t waste any time in making your application.
Of course, if you have electric heating and an electric boiler and no solid fuel burning appliances then you won’t need a carbon monoxide detector, neither will you have the worry of gas safety checks and servicing that you would if you were running a gas heating system. For landlords, making the switch to electric really does make sense financially, especially now with the loss of tax breaks we discussed in our last post.
If you’d like to find out how electric heating could benefit you as a landlord, get in touch to arrange your free written quote.