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The Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015 Booklet

15 July 2016

Understand the legislation relating to Smoke Alarms and (CO) Carbon Monoxide Alarms.

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Here is a summary of the attached legislation, passed through Parliament in September 2015:

-   Landlords must fit a smoke alarm on every storey

-   Landlords must fit a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm in every room with a solid fuel burning appliance

-   Alarms must be tested and working on the start of each tenancy

-   Penalties of up to £5,000 for those that flaunt the rule. It is outlined that the relevant Local Authority will enforce

It should be noted that:

-   There is no grace period

-   The regulations do not stipulate the type of alarm to be installed however the Q&A booklet states:

‘Landlords should make an informed decision and choose the best alarms for their properties and tenant’.

-   Although the legislation refers only to solid fuel burning appliances in relation to CO alarms, ’we would expect and encourage reputable landlords to ensure that working carbon monoxide alarms are installed in rooms with these [gas appliances].’

Best Practice

Smoke alarms are life saving devices and each have their own British Standard (BS 5839-6:2013) that will tell you where to put the alarms. Building Regs, Local Authorities, HMO Licences and Installers fit to these Standards, and Aico recommends that landlords also fit to these Standards.

Where To Fit:

Aico recommend to ­fit to a LD2 (Medium Protection) level, but a risk assessment should be done by the landlord to determine the level of coverage required for their tenant.