New safety laws for landlords comes into force on 1st Oct 2015.
Information for landlords and tenants about the new laws
New safety laws for landlords come into force from 1st October 2015. The new safety laws make it compulsory for all landlords to fit smoke alarms in rented homes, as well as offering protection against carbon monoxide poisoning.
The new safety laws make it compulsory for all landlords to:
Fit at least one smoke alarm on each floor of their premises
Fit a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms containing a solid fuel appliance
Check that all alarms are working when a new tenancy starts - with potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they don’t comply.
Landlords must check the alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy with potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they don't comply.
Tenants are required to check the alarms are in working order and notify the landlord if they identify any problems.
How to fit smoke alarms
The following links and documents provide more information about the new safety laws:
- The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm [England] Regulations 2015 (new window, PDF 78KB)
- Q&A booklet for landlords and tenants (new window, PDF 159KB)
- Q&A booklet for Local Authorities (new window, PDF 222KB)
- New laws - see our short summary of what the new regulations mean
- Key facts - why the move adds up to a major boost for fire safety (new window, PDF 71KB)