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Landlords in the private rented sector are facing new safety laws over the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

The regulations are set to make it compulsory to fit at least one smoke alarm on every floor of a rented property as well as carbon monoxide alarms in every room containing a solid fuel burning appliance, such as a coal fire or wood burning stove.

After that, landlords will be required to check alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy with potential fines of up to £5,000 for non-compliance.

The measures are expected to come into force in October of this year, subject to Parliamentary approval.

With Gas Safety Week also taking place this week (September 14 to 20), landlords are being encouraged to keep on top of their responsibilities for gas and fire safety.

Chinneck Shaw director Neil Shaw said: ‘The vast majority of landlords are highly responsible and take the welfare of their tenants very seriously. Even so, these news laws are to be welcomed for further improving the sector’s safety record and generating greater public confidence.

‘For our clients, using a professionally qualified property manager means they can be confident all the necessary checks are made and any new requirements are complied with.’

ARLA has recently joined forces with the Gas Safe Register – which has replaced CORGI as the official list of gas engineers legally allowed to work on gas – to mark Gas Safety Week. Its aim is to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of gas appliances among consumers, landlords, tenants, and the rental property sector.

Chinneck Shaw is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) and the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).

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