Since the introduction of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, the number of working smoke alarms in the private rented sector has increased from 83% to 88%.
The results of a recent two month consultation will bring forward changes to require both smoke and CO alarms to be fitted in many more homes in England.
Before the consultation, under the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, private landlords only needed to install a CO alarm in properties where a solid fuel burning appliance was fitted.
Under the extended regulations, from 1st October 2022 a carbon monoxide alarm will be now required in all rooms where there is a fixed combustion appliance – such as gas boilers or gas fires. However, gas cookers are excluded from the updated regulation. When any additional appliances are installed in your rental property, a new carbon monoxide alarm will also be required to be fitted.
Under the regulations the landlord will be responsible for the cost of installing and maintaining these alarms. However, the responsibility to regularly test alarms will continue to lie with the tenant.