Legislation The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

From 1 October 2015, the new law requires all landlords to have working smoke alarms in their properties.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations also make it compulsory for private landlords to fit carbon monoxide alarms in any room containing a solid fuel appliance.

They do not include social landlords and houses of multiple occupation, as they are already covered by existing legislation.

The regulations mean it will be compulsory for landlords to:

  • fit at least one smoke alarm on each floor of their rented premises;
  • fit a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel appliance such as a boiler, fire or cooker;
  • check that all alarms are working at the start of a new tenancy. 

See attached our Statement of Principles relating to this legislation: DBC Statement of Principles - The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 [pdf document]