LETTING & ESTATE AGENT

New Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Legislation is Imminent!

New Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Legislation is Imminent!

There is new legislation due to come into effect on 1st October 2015 regarding Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms . we're sorry for the late notice in letting you know. However, the Government have only issued draft guidance so far and to date we are still waiting for the final regulations.

Currently, the guidance states that by 1st October 2015 all rental properties must have a smoke alarm (battery or wired) fitted to every floor that contains a habitable room, and a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm fitted in any room where there is a solid fuel appliance. At present, we can't get confirmation as to whether a property with a central heating boiler should have a CO alarm; however the latest legal advice we have been able to get suggests this will become mandatory very soon, so we strongly recommend you follow this advice.

Although there is a lack of clarity, we thought it was important to let you know about the proposed change in law so that you can ensure that your properties are compliant. We are confident that the vast majority of the properties we let have smoke alarms already, however not all of them will have CO alarms currently. 

Please contact Martin & Co if you need further information or help with double-checking that your properties are compliant . we're here to help.