Civil Law Update: Carbon Monoxide Alarms Required in Rental Properties
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 comes into force on 1 October 2022. From this date all relevant landlords must ensure carbon monoxide alarms are in every room used as living accommodation which contains a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers). The previous Regulations provided for solid fuel combustion appliances
The 2022 regulations include a new requirement to ensure when a tenant reports to the landlord or letting agent that an alarm may not be in proper working order, the alarm must be repaired or replaced ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’
It is imperative that landlords comply with the new Regulations as enforcement remains with the Local Authority who can serve a remedial notice and, if that notice is not complied with, issue a penalty of up to £5,000.
Kim Gordhandas, Barrister