The Government have announced that, starting next month a review looking at the standards in the private rented sector will consider whether new rules are needed on installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Landlords are already required to keep homes safe and habitable across a wide range of factors, such as annual gas safety checks, levels of ventilation and minimising damp. Since the government's ‘fire kills’ campaign the number of house fires and injuries is at its lowest ever level, with 88% of homes across the country now fitted with smoke alarms.
At Martin & Co Crawley ensuring our landlords comply with current legislation and keeping our tenants safe is a top priority. As part of our commitment to this we maintain that any property we manage has a smoke alarm installed and recommend that landlords seriously consider the installation of a carbon monoxide alarm.
Callum Maslen, Property Coordinator at Martin & Co Crawley said “You hear all too often the unfortunate results of house fire or carbon monoxide poisoning, such as the tragic death of a seven year old boy following a house fire at a privately rented property in Kettering. If something as small as the installation of an alarm can protect tenants it is our job to highlight this to our landlords. The cost of an alarm is minimal in comparison to someone’s life”.
If you are a landlord and would like to discuss the installation of a smoke/carbon monoxide alarm at your rented property please contact the maintenance team on 01293 735000.