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Updated regulations

The government has introduced new requirements on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the social rented sector.

There are also new requirements on carbon monoxide alarms in the private rented sector.

These come into force on 1 October 2022.

The smoke and carbon monoxide alarm (England) regulations mean landlords have a duty to ensure rented properties have:

  • A smoke alarm on every floor.
  • A carbon monoxide alarm in all rooms which contains a fixed combustion appliance.
  • Alarms are repaired or replaced immediately, if faulty.

Darlington Borough Council’s statement of principles [pdf document].

The following are excluded as they are already covered by other legislation:

  • Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
  • Properties owned by registered social landlords.
  • Hostels.

If a landlord doesn't fulfil their duties, we may serve a notice which sets out:

  • Which duties the landlord has failed to comply with.
  • What action should be taken.

Action is required within 28 days or landlords can appeal the notice.

If a landlord fails to comply with the notice, we can arrange for an authorised person to install alarms.

We will also impose a penalty charge on landlords who do not comply – which can be up to £5,000.

This will cover the cost of carrying out the works.

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