Changes in legislation affecting landlords are coming for October

Changes in legislation affecting landlords are coming into force in October

Landlords of residential properties (including social housing) need to be aware of the amended regulations regarding smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that will become law on the 1st of October 2022.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 set out the requirement for a smoke alarm to be installed and functioning on every storey of a rented property where there is any living accommodation, and for a carbon monoxide alarm to be provided in any room used as living accommodation which contains a fixed combustion appliance, except for gas cookers. Previously this was only required where there was a solid-fuel-burning combustion appliance.

A fixed combustion appliance is an appliance such as a boiler, heater, stove, etc. which is designed to burn solid fuel, gas or oil. The new regulations, however, do not apply to gas cookers.

The amended regulations include a new requirement that whenever a tenant (or their representative) reports a malfunctioning alarm — if it is found not to be in proper working order — it must be repaired or replaced as soon as reasonably practicable.

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