From the1st October 2015, Landlords are required by law to supply and fit smoke alarms and carbon dioxide alarms in their properties.
The new law requires landlords to fit a smoke alarm on every floor of their property and to test them at the commencement of each tenancy. Carbon Monoxide alarms will be required to protect the occupants of a property where there is a solid fuel appliance and is not a legal requirement at the this point in time but the installation of Carbon Dioxide alarms is considered best practice in all cases where an appliance can generate it.
Failure to comply with the regulations is likely to lead to several sanctions, including a fine of up to £5000.
Phillips are constantly reviewing our Fully Managed portfolio and can assist our Landlords to provide the equipment required. Mains powered smoke, heat and CO alarms with battery back-ups are preferred but battery alarms are considered the minimum acceptable standard.
Once installed and tested, tenants are obliged to test the alarms every month and replace the batteries when required.