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Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms – have your say

The government’s decision to review the effectiveness of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 will have an impact on all private landlords, and that is why you should not refrain from offering your views on the matter.

Although the consultation, which you can see here, does not suggest any likely alterations in the existing regulations, it could yet form part of the post-Grenfell Tower building regulations review.

Under the terms of The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, which came into force on 1 October 2015, Private sector landlords are required to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (eg a coal fire, wood burning stove).

After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

You have until 9 January 2018 to respond with your views. 

You can view the regulations in full, or respond, by clicking here.

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