Land­lords urged to pre­pare now for new reg­u­la­tions on smoke de­tec­tors

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

LAND­LORDS will be re­quired to put smoke de­tec­tors and car­bon monox­ide alarms in prop­er­ties they rent out if new reg­u­la­tions re­ceive par­lia­men­tary ap­proval.

The reg­u­la­tions, which are still in draft form, are ex­pected to come into force in Oc­to­ber 1.

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil (CDC) and South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil (SBDC) are ad­vis­ing residential land­lords to pre­pare now.

They are work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bucks Fire and Res­cue, which is help­ing by pro­vid­ing free alarms to el­i­gi­ble land­lords while sup­plies last.

Pre­sum­ing the reg­u­la­tions are ap­proved, land­lords will have to:

In­stall smoke alarms on each floor of their rented prop­erty. In­stall a car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tor in each room where there is a solid fuel burn­ing ap­pli­ance.

Carry out checks to en­sure the alarms are in work­ing or­der at the start of each new ten­ancy.

Graham Harris, CDC’s cab­i­net mem­ber for health and hous­ing said: “Once ap­proved, land­lords will have only a brief time to com­ply with the new reg­u­la­tions and get their ac­com­mo­da­tion fit­ted out with the re­quired equip­ment. I would urge any­one who rents out prop­erty to take ad­van­tage of the gen­er­ous help Bucks Fire and Res­cue is of­fer­ing.”

Trevor Egle­ton, SBDC’s port­fo­lio holder for healthy com­mu­ni­ties, said: “We fully ex­pect these reg­u­la­tions to re­ceive Par­lia­men­tary ap­proval, there­fore we’re en­cour­ag­ing land­lords to take ac­tion now rather than wait. It is in their best in­ter­ests to be pre­pared and in­stalling the de­tec­tors will pro­vide an ad­di­tional safe­guard for ten­ants.”

To ap­ply for free alarms, land­lords can con­tact Karen Lock, Mar­ket­ing and Do­mes­tic Safety Of­fi­cer at Bucks Fire and Res­cue, at klock@ bucks­fire.gov.uk or call 07803 182549 Mon­day – Fri­day be­tween 10am3pm.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on the Bucks Fire and Res­cue web­site: http://bucks­fire.gov.uk/ news/land­lords-urged-ac­ta­head-new-safety-laws/

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