PRIVATE landlords are being urged to act swiftly to make sure they are up to speed with new fire safety laws.
Properties rented privately must have smoke alarms fitted, subject to a law approved by parliament, which comes into effect in October.
It says that it is the landlords’ responsibility to check that the alarms in their properties are working at the beginning of every tenancy.
Failure to comply, could result in penalty fines of up to £5,000.
To help landlords prepare for the new regulations, the government has provided fire and rescue services with a limited number of smoke alarms, which will be made available to homes which don’t have any.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue safer communities manager Nicki Peddle said: ‘We are keen to work with local landlords to improve safety of their tenants.
‘Landlords need to be clear that from October they have a legal responsibility for their properties to be fitted with the appropriate detectors.’