Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties. This was announced today (11 March) and is expected to take effect from October 2015.
It is said the move will help prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year.
Brandon Lewis, Housing Minister said, “In 1988 just 8% of homes had a smoke alarm installed – now it’s over 90%. The vast majority of landlords offer a good service and have installed smoke alarms in their homes, but I’m changing the law to ensure every tenant can be given this important protection. Working smoke alarms provide the vital seconds needed to escape a fire.”
The proposed changes to the law will require landlords to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property. Landlords will also need to install carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms e.g. where a solid fuel heating system is installed.
For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tenants-safer-under-new-government-measures
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