The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on 1 October 2015.

Private sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 to have;

  • At least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties
  • A carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (eg: a coal fire, wood burning stove)
  • Landlords must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy

These requirements are enforced by Local Authorities who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice. Regulation 13 requires a local Housing Authority to prepare and publish a statement of principles which it proposes to follow in determining the amount of penalty charge.

There are some exceptions to this requirement including live in landlords and Housing Associations.

Please note that in some instances, such as where the Local Authority has assessed a Category 1 Hazard for Fire under the Housing Act 2004 , Housing Health and Safety Rating System and non- licensable HMO's, further works supplementary to battery alarms may be required. These could include mains wired smoke and heat alarms under BS5839 (as per LACORs Fire Safety Guide).

More information can be found on the Government website:
Smoke-and-Carbon-Monoxide-Alarms-Explanatory-Booklet-for-Landlords or by contacting the Private Sector Housing Team by telephoning 01322 343152 or completing an Contact the Private Sector Housing Team.