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Changes to Carbon Monoxide Detectors Rules in Rental Properties
02/12/2021

 

 

 

Changes to Carbon Monoxide Detectors Rules in Rental Properties

 

 

Back in November 2020 to January 2021, the Government reviewed the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 by looking at the below three areas:

 

  • Amending the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 to require social landlords to ensure at least one smoke alarm is installed on each storey of the premises on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation.
  • Amending the statutory guidance (Approved Document J) supporting Part J of the Building Regulations to require that carbon monoxide alarms are fitted alongside the installation of fixed combustion appliances of any fuel type (excluding gas cookers).
  • Amending the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 to require private and social landlords to install a carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as living accommodation where a fixed combustion appliance is used (excluding gas cookers).

 

This month (November 2021) the Government released the consultation results which will include the following changes:

 

  • Social landlords will be obliged to ensure at least one smoke alarm is installed on each storey of their homes
  • Both social and private landlords will be obliged to ensure a carbon monoxide alarm is installed in any room in their homes with a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers) *
  • In any home, when a new fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers) * is installed, a carbon monoxide alarm will be required by law to be installed
  • Landlords will be legally obliged to repair or replace both smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms once informed that they are faulty (testing will remain the resident’s responsibility)

 *A fixed combustion appliance will include a gas boiler.

 

 

There is yet to be an exact date for when these changes will be enforceable but nonetheless, it is important to follow any guidance released to Landlords and Lettings Agents. It is currently a legal obligation to install a Carbon Monoxide detector in any room with a ‘solid fuel burning appliance’ and to install smoke alarms on ‘each storey of a property in which there is a room used as living accommodation’ for single household occupancy. The landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy and we would recommend testing the alarms in front of the new tenant.

 

 We would always recommend a rental property to have a Carbon Monoxide detector if there are any gas appliances in the property and even more so now the law could and hopefully will change.

 

 

Please see the below links for reference:

 

Government Consultation | Government Consultation Outcome | Landlord Guide

 

 

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