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New Responsibilities for Landlords

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The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into effect on 1st October. The regulations apply to existing, as well as to new, tenancies. Landlords must ensure that during any period beginning on or after 1st October 2015 when the premises are occupied under a tenancy—

A smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of the premises on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation; (a bathroom or lavatory is treated as a room used as living accommodation)

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...

Checks must also be 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.

The regulations do not apply to: tenancies where the occupier shares accommodation with the landlord (or a member of the landlord’s family); long leases; student halls of residence; hotels and refuges; care homes; hospitals and hospices; other accommodation relation to healthcare provision – Regulation 2 and Schedule.