Smoke Detectors to be made compulsory in all rented property
Wed 11 Mar 2015
It has been talked about for a while, but the issue of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in tenanted properties is finally being dealt with. The Government have just announced that the installation of both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in all rented property is to be made compulsory.
It was announced yesterday by the Communities Minister Pennt Mordaunt. This move is to be welcomed as it clears up any confusion with landlords as to what is required. Currently there is no requirement to fit smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors in rented property that is not an HMO. However, the vast majority of landlords fit these anyway as they recognise the obvious safety risks associated with not fitting them.
CB Lettings have always advised landlords to fit at least battery operated alarms in their properties and we are pleased to see that this will now be made mandatory. It is important to also check that the alarms are being maintained and are working througout the tenancy. Although it is usually the tenant who is responsible for the alarms during the tenancy, it is in the landlord's interests to check these on routine visits. CB Lettings will check all alarms are in working order during the tenancy as part of their Comprehensive Management Service.
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