Back in March, The Letting Game notified its landlords about some new safety legislation due for approval this autumn.
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 were approved by parliament in September and came in to effect on the 1st October, 2015.
All landlords are required by law to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property and they should be tested at the start of each new tenancy. They will also need to install carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms, such as rooms with a solid fuel heating system or gas appliances.
The government says the move will help prevent up to 36 deaths and 1,375 injuries per year and bring private rental properties into line with existing building regulations that require all newly built homes to have hard wired smoke alarms installed.
Failure to adhere to the new regulations could cost landlords up to £5,000 in civil penalties!
The Letting Game urges its landlords to comply with the new regulations a.s.a.p.
Further guidance on the new regulations can be found here GOV.UK