LANDLORDS ARE YOU READY FOR THE OCTOBER CARBON MONOXIDE DEADLINE?
As I mentioned in my previous blog, being a landlord can be an enjoyable experience, however as with most things in life, there are regulations, and legislation governing what we can or can’t do.
The latest to impact the residential lettings market is that the government have announced a new law requiring all rental properties to have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed. This will come into force in October this year.
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 has been laid before the House of Commons, and is currently awaiting parliamentary approval. It has gathered strong support after a period of consultation and is likely to come into force on 10th October. The regulations will require all landlords to ensure alarms are installed in their rental properties and make sure they are working before the start of every tenancy. Tenants will, however, continue to be responsible for regularly checking the alarms for the duration of their tenancy
Currently there are no legal obligations for landlords to provide smoke alarms in single occupancy rented homes, they are only mandatory in Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) which are commonly considered to be at a greater fire risk.
The new law will require smoke alarms to be fitted on every floor of a rental property and carbon monoxide alarms in rooms that present a high risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, such as those containing solid fuel heating systems, e.g. wood or coal fires.
Whilst this feels like more government ‘Red Tape’, we strongly support this and feel it gives a greater duty of care to tenants.
To assist with the implementation of these new rules, the Government is also providing £3 million of funding for 445,000 smoke alarms and 40,000 carbon monoxide alarms. Huntingdonshire Fire Authority has already provided several of our landlords with free carbon monoxide alarms, they can also be purchased from DIY stores. We are also working with several local contractors to provide competitive quotes to ensure all our properties meet with the new regulations.
For properties that are managed by Malcolms, assessments will be carried out on the next inspection. However, any property where we acted on a tenant find only basis will have to be inspected by the landlord direct to ensure that you comply with the new legislation.
Landlords who do not meet the minimum requirements and fail to comply with a remedial notice within 28 days will face fines of up to £5,000.
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