Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

It is the responsibility of a private landlord to:

  • install a smoke alarm on every floor of their property
  • install a carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as living accommodation which contains a fixed combustion appliance.  Note: From 1 October 2022, this includes gas appliances but excludes gas cookers.
  • check that alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy and repair or replace any defective alarms if reported as faulty. 

If they fail to meet these responsibilities, which are set under the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 Act, the Council may serve a notice for the work to be carried out. Failure to comply will result in the work being carried out in default by the Council who will recover costs and impose a fine of up to £5,000. 

If, as a landlord, you would like to know 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 Landlords' Guide to Smoke and CO Alarms.

Download a question and answer booklet for landlords and tenants

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