A Devon MP, Adrian Sanders is hoping to change the law to make it compulsory for landlords of let property to fit fire alarms. He is promoting a private member’s bill, The Fire Safety (Protection of Tenants) Bill which is due to go the House of Commons for a second reading on 19th November. The Bill comes in the wake of a fire in a let property in Devon in which two children died and in which there was no alarm. If the Bill becomes law as drafted landlords will have to fit a mains alarms at the start of a tenancy but it will then be the tenant’s responsibility to maintain it.
Mr Sanders does not underestimate the difficulty of getting a private member’s bill through parliament but hopes that even if he fails he will be able to introduce fire alarm regulations in some other way because he is certain they will save lives and property.
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