Landlords face £5,000 fines over new smoke alarm regulations

Published: 06/01/2016

Landlords face £5,000 fines over new smoke alarm regulations

Private landlords can face fine of £5,000 if they fail to fit a smoke alarm in their properties under new regulations. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015 came into force late 2015.

This requires landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their privately-rented properties. It is estimated that the new regulations could result in 231 fewer deaths and over 5 thousand less injuries.

The regulations require the fitting of a smoke detector in the hallway or landing of each storey of a property and a carbon monoxide alarm in the same room as a solid fuel appliance.

The local council will serve a remedial notice when landlords fail to install an alarm. This gives the landlord 28 days to carry out the smoke alarm fittings. If they still do not fit the alarms, the council will issue the fixed penalty charge.

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