Friday, 30 September 2016

 

Changes in legislation for Landlords

New legislation came into force on the 1st October 2015 for Private Landlords in England regarding smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms.

 

Here is a summary of the legislation, passed through Parliament in September 2015:

 

-   Landlords must fit a smoke alarm on every storey

-   Landlords must fit a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm in every room with a solid fuel burning appliance

-   Alarms must be tested and working on the start of each tenancy

-   Penalties of up to £5,000 for those that flaunt the rule. It is outlined that the relevant Local Authority will enforce

 

It should be noted that:


-   There is no grace period


-   The regulations do not stipulate the type of alarm to be installed however the Q&A booklet states:

‘Landlords   should make an informed decision and choose the best alarms for their properties and tenant’.


-   Although the legislation refers only to solid fuel burning appliances in relation to CO alarms, the Q&A booklet states in relation to gas appliances that:

’we would expect and encourage reputable landlords to ensure that working carbon monoxide alarms are installed in rooms with these [gas appliances].’

 

Best Practice

Smoke alarms are life saving devices and each have their own British Standard (BS 5839-6:2013) that will tell you where to put the alarms. Building Regs, Local Authorities, HMO Licences and Installers fit to these Standards, and Aico recommends that landlords also fit to these Standards.

 

Where to fit:

Aico recommend to ­fit to a LD2 (Medium Protection) level, but a risk assessment should be done by the landlord to determine the level of coverage required for their tenant.

LD2 (Medium Protection) 

LD2 House Graphic 400p

LD1 (High Protection)

LD1 House Graphic 400p

 

What to fit:

Aico recommend a Grade D alarm, which is mains powered interlinked alarms with back-up power supply.

Aico Optical with Pack 300p  Aico Heat-with-Pack 300p  Aico Ionisation-with-Pack 300p 

 

Find out more about Mains Powered Battery Back-Up Smoke & Heat alarms here...

CO alarms are life saving devices and each have their own British Standard (BS EN 50292:2013) that will tell you where to put the alarms. Building Regs, Local Authorities, HMO Licences and Installers fit to these Standards, and Aico recommends that landlords also fit to these Standards.

 

Where to fit:

Fit in:


> rooms that have a fuel burning appliance


> where people spend the most time


> where people sleep


> in each room that a flue runs through or

   alongside 

2-3 Story British Standards 400p 

What to fit:

Mains Powered CO alarms


Ei261ENRC-With-AudioLINK-Logo 150p

 

Hard-wired CO Alarm (Ei261ENRC)

RadioLINK CO Alarm (Ei262)

Battery Powered CO alarms

 

Ei208 with AudioLINK with shadow 200p

 

 Standalone CO Alarm (Ei208)

RadioLINK CO Alarm (Ei208WRF)

All Aico CO alarms contain

AudioLINK Logo 200p

 

 

Find out more about CO alarms here...

 

 

The DCLG have produced supporting documents, which you can find below:


Download Symbol 30p

 

Legislation document (The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015)

Download Symbol 30p

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015: Q&A booklet for the private rented sector – landlords and tenants

 

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Click here to see specific legislation for Scottish landlords.

If you are a Landlord and would like to find out more about how to fit Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms in accordance with the relevant British Standards you can register for your FREE copy of the Landlord's Guide to Smoke & CO Alarms here.