Private rented properties are to be given an extra layer of protection and safety with the introduction of new legislation which comes into effect in October 2015. These are compulsory measures, requiring all private landlords to install a sufficient number of fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors depending on a number of factors.
This is certainly nothing new – with various news sources covering the topic since its announcement earlier this year – but with the deadline so close, it is right that every opportunity should be made to ensure that all properties are fixed with smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for the 8.5 million people that are renting privately in England.
This new legislation has been much-needed, and is expected to prevent 26 deaths and 670 injuries after a year of its implementation. It will now bring private rented properties in line with current legislation, which requires all newly-built properties to have hard-wired smoke alarms installed.
What are private landlord required to do under these new fire & safety measures?
All properties should be fitted with a working smoke alarm on each floor of the property, which will need to be tested at the beginning of every tenancy. Not only this, but carbon monoxide alarms will be required in rooms which are considered high risk – for example, those which have a solid fuel heating system installed.
Failure to comply with the new law will result in a £5,000 civil penalty.
What does this mean for properties in Gloucestershire?
Alongside these new measures, the government have pledged to allocate funding to local authorities to provide smoke and carbon monoxide alarms free-of-charge. In relation to Gloucestershire specifically, you can contact the Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service to request your free Home Safety Check.
Any smoke alarms which are required will not be charged for.
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