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Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms now a legal requirement

Come October 2015, all landlords who own UK properties will be required by law to install working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

In certain areas of the UK, fire and rescue experts are expected to provide help and support to private landlords to ensure that the new criteria is met – this will include free alarms and grant funding from the government.

The changes require that all landlords must install smoke alarms on every floor of their property. These alarms should be tested at the start of every tenancy. Carbon monoxide alarms must also be installed in high risk rooms, such as those where solid fuel heating systems are fitted.

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Although it is not a requirement, it is also recommended that tenants should regularly test their alarms as this still remains the tenants responsibility to ensure their detectors are in good working order.

Landlords that fail to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will face sanctions and may be faced with penalties of up to £5,000.

Ensure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are installed this October!

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