Fire and CO2 checks | Landlords Obligations

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

The new safety laws for landlords came into force on 1st October 2015 and make it compulsory for all landlords to fit smoke alarms on each habitable floor in rented homes, as well as offering protection against carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Fit at least one smoke alarm on each floor of their premises
  • Fit a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms containing a solid fuel appliance
  • Check that all alarms are working when a new tenancy starts

Landlords must check the alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy with potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they don’t comply.

In most cases newbuild properties will have comprehensive fire detection equipment installed, and so it is essential that regular tests are carried out to ensure that both smoke or heat sensors are working and that CO2 monitoring equipment is in full working order.

Whilst the specific legal requirement is to ensure this is conducted at the start of each new tenancy, generally speaking, average tenancy periods are around 18 months, and so conducting a test during the tenancy or regular health checks are always advisable.

Tenants also have a responsibility to test and maintain equipment during their tenancy and report any issues or faults should they occur.

The Complete Property Health Check includes a full check of smoke or heat detection equipment and CO2 monitoring equipment, along with PAT tests and Legionnaires tests. To arrange for your health check, speak to your property manager or call us on 0203 551 9900.



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