Changes to Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations
Landlords; know the changes being implemented by the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (“draft Regulations”)
From 1 October 2022, the draft Regulations are anticipated to take effect and will amend the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 (the 2015 Regulations). The following changes will be made:
- Smoke Alarms – Social Landlords must also comply with the 2015 smoke and carbon monoxide alarm regulations as they will no longer be exempt. This means that social Landlords must ensure that at least one smoke alarm is installed on each storey of each of the dwellings let under specified tenancies.
- Carbon Monoxide Alarms – Social and private Landlords must ensure that a carbon monoxide alarm is installed in any room used as living accommodation with a fixed combustion application (which includes gas boilers). This widens the previous requirement to provide a carbon monoxide alarm where there is a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.
- Obligation to repair – Landlords must repair or replace alarms once they are informed that they are faulty. Residents will remain responsible for testing the alarms and reporting any defects to the Landlord, however the Landlord remains responsible for repairs to alarms during the tenancy