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Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Rented Property

Maureen Ross

Are you a Landlord buying to let, letting to buy or a tenant simply wanting a safe home to live in? New proposals from the Government came into force on 1st October 2015 to improve safety in privately let residential properties.

As from 1st October 2015 there are new rules relating to the installation of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in homes rented from private landlords.

What are the Requirements?

The new regime requires privately let homes to have at least one smoke alarm on every storey and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel appliance – so an open coal fire or wood burning stove.

Landlords’ Responsibilities

Landlords must also ensure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy. These new rules are not optional and there is no grace period for a Landlord to comply.

Find out More

The Government has issued a very helpful guide to the new proposals by way of FAQs which you can access here.


Contact W Davies

If you are a Landlord or Tenant and would like to discuss the government changes, or any element of your tenancy with a Property solicitor in Woking, please contact Maureen Ross at to make an appointment.

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