New Landlord Smoke Regulations Need Acting On Now
Many landlords across London and the South East will be unaware of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 which came into force late last year.
However, it really is worth noting because these regulations are designed to make private residential landlords take practical steps to ensure the safety of their tenants, and thereby minimising the possibility of accidental death from Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
These regulations require residential landlords to provide a smoke alarm on every storey of a rented property along with a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.
Also, checks must be made by the landlord to ensure that each alarm is in proper working order on the day that a new tenancy starts. However, testing alarms regularly throughout a tenancy does remain the tenant’s responsibility.
Each local housing authority is charged with monitoring compliance with the new rules and if they find a breach they may serve a remedial notice, which means the landlord has to take action within 28 days.
It is something they need to do as well because if after receipt of the notice, the landlord does not do the required work then the local authority may arrange for the situation to be fixed directly and may issue a penalty charge of up to £5,000 to the landlord.
So, if you are a landlord in this situation, please take note as it could save you a lot of time and trouble. If you are interested in finding out more about this or have any other legal property matter, our tenant eviction solicitors at Pindoria Solicitors are happy to help. Call us today.