New Laws

From 1st October 2015 new regulations came into force requiring landlords to ensure the fire safety of their tenants as well as offer 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.

Who will be affected?

These new laws require landlords to ensure the fire safety of their tenants as well as offer 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.

Under the new laws smoke alarms must be fitted on every floor of the property as well as carbon monoxide alarms in properties which burn solid fuels. Landlords must check the alarms are working at thestart 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. Fire and Rescue Services suggest that smoke alarms are checked regularly, to give themselves and their family the best chance of an early warning in the event of fire starting.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm [England] Regulations 2015 (new window, PDF 78KB)

Guidance documents

Q&A booklet for landlords and tenants (new window, PDF 159KB)

Q&A booklet  for Local Authorities (new window, PDF 222KB)