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Mon 03 Oct 2022

Landlords – Don’t Get Caught Out by This Major Law Change

A significant change in how rental properties must be maintained came into legal effect on Saturday, October 1st 2022.

The law affects what alarms landlords must provide in their properties to protect against potentially lethal carbon monoxide poisoning.

Failure to comply with the new rules can result in landlords getting a hefty fine.

The new Regulations, as outlined in the government-issued Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022: guidance for landlords and tenants state: 

1. Landlords must ensure at least one smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of their homes where a room is used as living accommodation. This has been a legal requirement in the private rented sector since 2015.

2. Ensure a carbon monoxide alarm is equipped in any room used as living accommodation which contains a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers).

3. Ensure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are repaired or replaced once a landlord has been informed and checked they are faulty.

Local authorities enforce the requirements. They can impose a fine of up to £5,000 if a landlord fails to take action following a remedial notice.

And while there’s no need to panic, it is worth acting as quickly as possible to ensure your rental property and/or property portfolio is compliant.

Several types of tenancies are exempt, including care homes, student halls of residence and shared accommodation with a landlord.

And remember, ignorance isn’t a defence, and by acting now (if you haven’t already), you’ll protect yourself, your tenants and your rental investment.

As with any significant legal change, landlords must know further caveats and details.

Alternatively, use a letting agent who does.

Our friendly team of experienced experts are available to answer any of your questions and/or refer you to trusted tradespeople who can install the alarms.

Thanks for reading, and stay safe and legally sound.