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New guidance on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The government has issued detailed guidance ahead of a change in the law around smoke and carbon monoxide alarms coming into force on October 1 - just two months from today.

Timothy Douglas, head of policy and campaigns for Propertymark, says: “The updated regulations contain some subtle but significant changes for agents and landlords working in the PRS in England.

“They have been coming down the line for some time, but with a firm date set for their implementation and detailed guidance now published, our advice is that letting agents start to prepare immediately.


“Agents should ensure they fully understand the regulations and begin the installation of new alarms and repair of existing alarms, and update their property management practices accordingly and without delay.


"There is no transitional period after 1 October 2022 and fines of £5,000 for non-compliance.”

You can see the guidance here

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  • George Dawes

    More fines , that’s a surprise


    Yes - funny how their answer to everything is to demand huge money be paid directly to them.

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    Just tell us the difference, what the amended requirements are and stop all this nonsense and baloney about downloads. I could find the requirements or so called booklet. 2 lines will suffice and stop it wasting everyone’s time. 2 little plastic units on the ceiling and we need a book.


    One difference is that the landlord must now replace or repair a faulty alarm if informed of a problem by the tenant, and another is the requirement for a carbon monoxide alarm where there is a fixed combustion appliance other than a gas cooker. Previously you only had to have a carbon monoxide alarm where there was a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.

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    Have there useless people got nothing better to do than keep changing rules back and forth for such trivial reasons.

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    Oh goody… more fines to go and back up the meagre final salary pensions for the council staff 🤥

  • Bill Wood

    " The regulations specifically stipulate that a hall or landing would be classed as a room."

    Almost as good as 'Yes, Minister.'

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    Bill brilliant that’s an extra £50.00 on to your HMO application fee, also if your kitchen is on the small side you’ll need another kitchen but if you have a large kitchen it will be classed as a extra room and another £50.00 extra

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    But I do understand this licensed landlords have been doing it for 15 years, first battery alarms were ok, then that changed and had to be hard wired on their own circuit and annual Certificate. We have the battery carbon monoxide detectors for years. Ellie suggests it doesn’t apply to gas cookers if I read it correctly? otherwise where there’s a combustible appliance presumably the gas Boiler but now we have all room sealed Boilers so do we need this at all. With the Boiler and Cooker been Serviced and Certified Annually.


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