Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations guidance issued

Guidance to support agents, landlords and tenants in England to prepare for the changes to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 when they come into force on 1 October 2022 is now available.

Guidance for landlords and tenants

Issued by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the guidance booklet is not an authoritative interpretation of the law but is intended as a general guide, with FAQs included. It provides information about the requirements, who they apply to and how they are enforced, covering the most common situations.

Amended Regulations

The updated Regulations contain some subtle but significant changes for agents and landlords working in the PRS and have been coming down the line for some time. 

Agents should ensure they fully understand the Regulations and begin the installation of new alarms and repair existing alarms and update their property management practices accordingly and without delay. There is no transitional period after 1 October 2022 and any landlord found to be in breach could be fined up to £5,000.

The new Regulations mean:  

  • All landlords must ensure a carbon monoxide alarm is provided in any room used as living accommodation which contains a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers).  
  • All landlords will be legally obligated to ensure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are repaired or replaced once they are informed and the alarms are found to be faulty.