You may remember we blogged about the introduction of the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 back in April.   This requirement is due to come into force as of the 1st October 2015.

Landlords will be required to install, maintain and repair a smoke alarm on each storey of their properties which are used as living accommodation, plus a carbon monoxide alarm in each room that contains any solid fuel burning appliance, for instance wood burning stove or a coal fire.

Every alarm will need to be tested and in good working order at the start of every new tenancy on or after this date.  After that it will be the tenant’s responsibility for their own safety and to ensure that the alarms are tested regularly.  For more information the government has produced a Q & A booklet for landlords in the private rented sector ( )

The new regulations are designed to help save lives through early detection of fire and carbon monoxide gas.  In addition to this, the early warning of fire to the emergency services may potentially help reduce the level of damage caused to a property.

It’s good to know that Let Property Insurance from automatically covers damage caused by fire so why not get a quote online today.