Landlords urged to prepare now for new regulations on smoke detectors
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/