The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on the 1 October 2015. From that date, all private landlords must ensure that at least one smoke alarm is installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm is installed in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance. The landlord must also make sure the alarms are working at the start of each new tenancy. It is recommended that the landlord provides the tenants with a form to sign confirming that the alarms have been tested, they are in working order and they know where they are located.
The Government has provided guidance for landlords and tenants. Visit Gov.UK (external link) for further details.
The Council can serve a remedial notice, ordering the landlord to complete the necessary work. If the landlord does not comply with the notice, the Council will carry out the work needed and serve a penalty charge notice on the landlord. The Council has decided that the civil penalty for failing to comply with a remedial notice will be £1,000 for a first offence and £5,000 for second and subsequent offences.
The Council has prepared a statement of principles which act as guidance and sets out how the regulations will be enforced. Download a copy of the Statement of Principles (PDF 43kb).