Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties from October 2015.
The changes to the law will require landlords to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property, and test them at the start of every tenancy.
CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS
Landlords will also need to install carbon monoxide alarms where a solid fuel heating system is installed.
Here at NGU Homelettings we have took the stance that carbon monoxide alarms should also be installed in high risk rooms as well. Therefore from the 1st October, any properties that become vacant will have a carbon monoxide alarm installed where there is a gas fire or a boiler in a bedroom.
Quite often for example, small bedrooms are the rooms that will have boilers fitted into them and these are commonly the smaller rooms and are used for children’s bedrooms. I don’t want take a risk on a child’s life and this is the reason why we have taken this stance.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T COMPLY TO THIS CHANGE IN LAW?
Those who fail to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will face sanctions and could face up to a £5,000 civil penalty.
This will bring private rented properties into line with existing building regulations that already require newly-built homes to have hard-wired smoke alarms installed.
RELY ON NGU HOMELETTINGS
We are ready for the 1st October. Our paperwork has been changed and will go live from this date for the tenant and one of our letting agents to sign this revised paperwork to confirm any vacant property has had the necessary smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed at the move in stage and they have been tested.
Stay ahead of the rental legislation and rent your property through NGU Homelettings.