New Smoke Alarm Regulations
Regulations are due to come into force 1 October 2015 making it a legal requirement for landlords to ensure as of the 1 October 2015 in their property and at the start of a new tenancy there are working fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors installed in the property.
The Regulations state at paragraph 4:
(a)(i) a smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of the premises on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation;
(ii) a carbon monoxide alarm is equipped in any room of the premises which is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance; and
(b) checks are made by or on behalf of the landlord to ensure that each prescribed alarm is in proper working order on the day the tenancy begins if it is a new tenancy.
A bathroom or lavatory is considered to be living accommodation so if a storey in a property has only a bathroom and no other room it must still have a smoke alarm fitted on that storey.
There is no requirement that alarms need to be anything other than battery operated – i.e. mains wired interlinked smoke alarms (a Grade D fire system). A landlord who does not comply with the Regulations can be served an enforcement notice by the Council and fined up to £5,000. Detectors can be interlinked wirelessly as opposed to hard wired.