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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Changes Coming Soon

 Landlord Legislation Update; From 1 October 2022 the requirements around smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will change.
New Regulations drafted state, that all rented properties in England must provide a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms used as living accommodation where there is a fixed combustion appliance, such as gas heaters and boilers, from the beginning of October 2022.
The new draft rules amend the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 where previously the requirement only applied to solid fuel combustion appliances, such as wood burners. The rules will, however, not extend to gas cookers.
In addition, the amended rules (Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022) include a new requirement to ensure when a tenant reports to the landlord or letting agent that an alarm may not be in proper working order, the alarm must be repaired or replaced.
It is still the landlord/ agent responsibility that the alarms are in working order when the tenancy starts. And that there is evidence of this.  It is the tenants' responsibility to ensure they are kept in working order by changing batteries and reporting any faults to the landlord/agent.
The Draft Statutory Instrument was laid before Parliament on 11 May 2022 and once approved will come into force on 1 October 2022.

At Househandlers we have been recommending and fitting carbon monoxide detectors in all our landlord properties with a gas supply as best advice. We will now have to undertake a check to ensure carbon monoxide detectors are in the rooms with boilers or other gas appliances such as heaters but not gas cookers.