As of 1 October 2015, the law changed forcing landlords of private rented accommodation to ensure every room of their properties (other than kitchens and bathrooms) are fitted with smoke alarms and that every room containing a solid fuel burning appliance is fitted with a carbon monoxide alarm.
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis introduced the measures earlier this year with the aim of preventing up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries per year. According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, people who live in rented or shared accommodation are seven times more likely to have a fire.
Failure on the part of landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will lead to legal action and civil penalties up to £5,000.
As well as ensuring alarms are installed as per the new regulations, landlords will also need to ensure they are working at the start of every new tenancy.
So, another responsibility – and set of expenses – for landlords.
If of course you have installed electric central heating and an electric boiler, then there will be no need for you to provide carbon monoxide alarms as electric heating does not emit poisonous gases. Electric boilers are 99% efficient and therefore economical to run, not to mention how straightforward they are to install, and the fact that they don’t require annual safety checks is yet another bonus.
And now there’s another cost saving benefit: no need for investment in regulatory carbon monoxide alarms and testing.