Info for Landlords
Carbon Monoxide - CO Detectors
On 1st October 2015 it became Law that Landlords (including owners of student lets & holiday lets) are required to ensure fully operational smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are installed in their rental properties in England.
The regulations do not stipulate the type of alarms to be installed however the Gov. Q&A booklet states: ‘Landlords should make an informed decision and choose the best alarms for their properties and for their tenant's safety’.
Although landlords are already obliged to have a yearly check carried out on any gas appliances, this alone cannot guarantee protection from carbon monoxide. The installation of a CO detector is quick, easy and cheap, and ensures your tenants are protected from what is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’.
On 1st October 2015 it became law that any high-risk room, i.e. those containing a solid fuel-burning appliance, must have a CO detector installed. Although the legislation refers only to solid fuel-burning appliances in relation to CO alarms, the Gov. Q&A booklet states in relation to gas appliances that:
’we would expect and encourage reputable landlords to ensure that working carbon monoxide alarms are installed in rooms with gas appliances.’
Building regulations already require that properties constructed after June 1992 have a mains powered, interconnected smoke alarm system installed to BS5839-6 2013 Grade D. Therefore, many landlords may find their smoke alarm provision already meets the new requirements.
There has previously been no legislation requiring landlords of properties let to single-family units and built prior to 1992 to have smoke alarms. However, these properties will now be subject to the new legislation, meaning smoke alarms will need to be installed on every storey by 1st October 2015.
There is NO grace period, so failing to comply with the legislation from 1st October 2015 will leave you open to a penalty of up to £5000.