Alert: Residential landlords faced with new legislation
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015 come into force on 1st October 2015 whereby landlords must ensure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are installed.
Following the new legislation, private landlords are required to ensure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are equipped on each floor of a premises when used wholly or partly as living accommodation. Carbon monoxide alarms are also a necessity in rooms containing a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.
On commencement of any new tenancy, checks must be made by or on behalf of the landlord to ensure each alarm is in full working order.
If the legislation is breached, a remedial notice is served and if no action is taken, a maximum penalty charge of £5,000 could be given.
For further information please visit the Government website www.legislation.gov.uk.