On 1st October 2015 it became a legal requirement for landlords to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.


The changes to the law meant that landlords are now required to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property, and test them at the start of every tenancy.


Landlords also need to install carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms – such as those where a solid fuel heating system is installed.


Those who fail to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms face sanctions and could face up to a £5,000 civil penalty.


The change in legislation brought private rented properties into line with existing building regulations that already required newly-built homes to have hard-wired smoke alarms installed.


The measure came in with strong support after a consultation on property condition in the private rented sector.


At Moores, we test both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at the change of each tenancy (for the properties we manage) and also check their condition during our quarterly inspections.  Whilst it is the duty of the landlord to provide working alarms, it remains the responsibility of the tenant to test them regularly.