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Smoke and carbon regulations come under scrutiny

Thursday 09 November 2017

Last week, the Government announced that they are to review the effectiveness of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015. This is of major importance as it effects all landlords of private rented sector properties in England, and their agents.

Whilst the Government is keen to stress that the consultation does not propose any policy changes, and than there should be no expectation that the consultation will lead to changes to the regulations, it's an important consultation in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. 

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 were brought in to protect private sector tenants, who make up 20% of all households, from death or injury in the home caused by smoke and carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Under the regulations, private rented sector landlords are required to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties on which there is a room used as living accommodation and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as living accommodation containing a solid fuel burning appliance. The landlord must also make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

In addition to more general questions about the regulations, such as  'Have the regulations has a positive impact on the number of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed?, there are several questions relating specifically to letting agents:

How do you ensure that your landlord customers are complying with the requirements to have in place smoke and carbon monoxide alarms?

How do you ensure that you/your landlord customers are complying with the requirements for testing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms?

Have you encountered any problems complying with the regulations? 

Have the regulations led to increased rents being charged for properties?

What fees, if any, do you charge to landlords or tenants for administering the requirements of the regulations? How often are any fees charged?

As the UK's largest membership organisation for lettings agents, who manage a significant number of properties in England, it's really important that as many of our members respond as possible so that the Government's findings reflect our industry. 

You have until 9 January 2018 to respond with your views. Don't forget to get in contact with Tim Douglas, Propertymark Policy and Campaigns Officer to let him know your views too. 

View the regulations in full, or respond