On the 23rd November 2021, the government published the results of a consultation proposing an extension to regulations for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms, applicable to all rented properties within England.
The new legislation, titled Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022, is drafted to come into effect on 1st October 2022.
The consultation proposed to amend the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, with the aim of extending the existing private rented legislation to socially rented properties; it also considered the important question of whether the existing legislation was sufficient.
In addition, the legislation looked to remove the word ‘solid’ from the requirements for CO alarm installation. The change would also be included in the building regulations (Approved Document J).
These regulatory updates are the first part of several reforms outlined in the social housing white paper.
There are several amendments to the requirements for CO alarms to bring greater protection to residents.
The new legislation must be met by all private and social landlords in England by the 1st October 2022. The most appropriate advice is for landlords to install the alarms at the earliest opportunity, as it is expected that there will be no grace period for compliance