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TDS – How to reduce pet-related tenancy deposit disputes

27 November 2020

Sandy Bastin, Head of Adjudication Services at Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), discusses the debate on whether owners and agents should allow tenants to keep pets in private rented properties given the spike in pet ownership since the Coronavirus pandemic began. Read More...

Consultation on Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

26 November 2020

The Government has opened a consultation on mandatory installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in England. While the consultation, which closes on 11 January 2021, primarily focuses on social housing it also covers aspects of the private rented sector and is an opportunity to make the case for reform of existing regulations, where they could be improved. Read More...

More work needed on Building Safety Bill in order to protect leaseholders

25 November 2020

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee released their report on the draft Building Safety Bill this week outlining their concerns that the draft does not do enough to protect leaseholders. Read More...

Government plan to review Carbon Monoxide laws

Tuesday 01 May 2018

On Monday 30 April 2018, the Government announced that later this year they will review the requirements for Carbon Monoxide Alarms in homes across England and examine whether existing legislation remains fit for purpose and consider reforms.

Since 1 October 2015, if properties are occupied by tenants, landlords and their agents must ensure that a Carbon Monoxide alarm is fitted in every room which contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.

The rules also state that a smoke alarm is equipped on each floor of the property on which there is room used wholly or partly as living accommodation.

Checks must be made by the landlord or letting agent to make sure that each alarm is in proper working order on the first day of the tenancy.

The review will address whether alarms should be required for all methods of heating, including gas and oil, the cost of alarms and new research on deaths caused by Carbon Monoxide.

The review will also consider whether the cost of alarms is affecting installation rates and will look at new research into the number of carbon monoxide poisonings.

ARLA Propertymark has worked closely with the Government before and following the introduction of the Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.

ARLA Propertymark will be arguing for the Government to listen to expertise within the industry and the need for sensible regulations with practical lead in times.