The government is currently in the process of reviewing the effectiveness of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015. This will have an impact on all private landlords and tenants, so we invite you to offer your views on the matter.
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on the 1st of October 2015. They require private rented sector landlords to install at least one smoke alarm on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire or a wood burning stove). The landlord is also obliged to ensure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy, whilst the tenant is responsible for ensuring that they remain in working order throughout their stay in the property.
During the passage of the regulations through Parliament in 2015, ministers made a commitment to review them in 2017. Although the consultation does not indicate any intention to change the existing regulation, it could yet form part of the post-Grenfell Tower building regulations review.
The consultation invites views and comments to gather evidence on the effectiveness of the regulations to date and we invite you to offer your own, along with any experiences you may have had, either directly via the consultation or to us as your managing agent.
You have until 9th January 2018 to respond with your views and we would love to hear from you!