First time landlord guide
All landlords must provide installed and working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties (in England only).
As a landlord who has chosen our Your Move Fully Managed Service – we can help you by:
As a landlord who has chosen our Rent Collection Service you have chosen to manage the property yourself and, as a result, you might have other arrangements in place to ensure you comply with the new regulation but, if not, why not find out how Your Move may be able to help you by:
As a landlord who has chosen our Tenant Find Service you have chosen to manage the property yourself and, as a result, you might have other arrangements in place to ensure you comply with the new regulation but, if not, why not find out how Your Move may be able to help you by:
(*) For information there are a range of Lithium Sealed Alarms available which come with a 10 year guarantee or alternatively you may choose to have a hard wired alarm instead. The advantage of both being that there will be no reliance of having to regularly change the batteries on a battery fitted alarm – which cannot only prove costly, over time, but the alarms could also prove difficult to access – which in itself could be a potential health and safety risk. In some areas you may also find that you could get a free alarm from your local fire and rescue authorities – although there will still be a requirement for these to be fitted according to manufacturers guidelines. Ultimately, however, with high demand for smoke alarms it’s best to act sooner rather than later to ensure that you are not affected by the potential lack of alarms available.
Local authorities will be responsible for checking properties to ensure they comply with the regulation and, if they have reasonable grounds to believe there is a breach of the regulation, a remedial notice will be issued and details provided about what action is required by the landlord – within the following 28 days.
Failure to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms could lead to you facing sanctions and a penalty of up to £5,000 – as well as, of course, risking the health and safety of your tenants.
For further information about the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, you may also like to access the official Department of Communities and Local Government Q&A Booklet here.
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