A significant change in how rental properties must be maintained comes into legal effect on Saturday, October 1st 2022.
The law affects what alarms landlords must provide in their properties to protect against potentially lethal carbon monoxide poisoning.
Failure to comply with the new rules can result in landlords getting a hefty fine.
The new regulations state:
- Landlords must ensure at least one smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of their homes where a room is used as living accommodation.
- Ensure a carbon monoxide alarm is equipped in any room used as living accommodation which contains a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers).
- Ensure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are repaired or replaced once a landlord has been informed and checked they are faulty.
Local authorities enforce the requirements. They can impose a fine of up to £5,000 if a landlord fails to take action following a remedial notice.
As with any significant legal change, landlords must know further caveats and details.
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