A new law requires landlords to jump through yet another hoop by ensuring they provide residential properties with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for their tenants.
The law, which is expected to come into force on the 1st of October 2015, requires that landlords must have:
- a smoke alarm on each storey of the property; and
- a carbon monoxide alarm in each room of the property which contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance;
In addition, the new law requires all landlords to ensure that each alarm is in proper working order on the first day of any new tenancy from the 1st of October 2105.
In the event of a breach of these new requirements the local authority may serve a notice on the landlord requiring them to comply by fitting the appropriate alarms. If a landlord then fails to comply with the notice the local authority can impose a fine of up to £5,000.
Landlords should ensure that tenanted properties are fitted with alarms before the 1st of October, to avoid falling foul of the new rules.
A number of authorities, including The Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, are able to provide landlords with free alarms. Any private residential landlords with properties in Suffolk who wish to make use of this opportunity can contact the fire service on 01473 260588.
However, if you experience a landlord or tenant dispute of any kind, our property lawyer Holly Sadler will be able to help and can be contacted on 01473 298193.