There is going to be a new requirement for landlords, that they will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, under measures announced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis on the 11th March 2015.
This move will help prevent up to
26 deaths and 670 injuries a year.
The measure is expected to take effect from October
2015, and comes with strong support after a consultation on property condition in the private rented sector.
46 fire and rescue authorities are expected to support private landlords in their own areas to meet their new responsibilities with the provision of free alarms, with grant funding from government.
The government move is to ensure there are sufficient measures in place to protect public’s safety, while at the same time avoiding regulation which would push up rents and restrict the supply of homes, limiting choice for tenants.
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:
“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.”
Communities Minister Stephen Williams said:
“People are at least 4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there’s no working smoke alarm. That’s why we are proposing changes to the law that would require landlords to install working smoke alarms in their properties so tenants can give their families and those they care about a better chance of escaping a fire.”
Read the full government article here.