New Landlord Fire Alarm Regulations
Landlords will be required to ensure that there is a smoke alarm on every floor of a residence as from October 2015, as well as ensuring that carbon monoxide alarms are installed in high risk areas within a property (especially where solid fuel heating systems are located), otherwise risk being fined up to £5,000.
The new regulations, which also stipulates that landlords must test alarms at the start/end of every tenancy, is a much-needed step to prevent the tragic deaths (36) and fire-related injuries (1,375) that occur each year in the UK. Precise Managed Services have therefore launched a campaign to educate and offer advice to landlords about their legal obligation, making homes and accommodation safer right across the country.
Firstly, it’s important that landlords are aware that the Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt (who has become Minister of State for the Armed Forces in the cabinet reshuffle) recently announced that £3 million will be used to support the delivery of working smoke and CO alarms in privately-rented homes. Therefore 445,000 smoke and 40,000 carbon monoxide alarms are potentially available for free from fire services (all 46 fire and rescue authorities are involved) for landlords who don’t currently have alarms installed in their properties. Contact Precise for further information.
Furthermore, in other (very welcome) fire safety initiative, a Fire Kills campaign has been launched by the government (and the fire and rescue authorities) that’s aimed at tenants and the general public, urging every residence to test smoke alarms regularly. It goes without saying that we actively encourage landlords to promote the Fire Kills campaign! Fire safety is a collaboration, with landlords creating a safe environment, and tenants playing their part in keeping property safe.
Ultimately, the reason for the new regulations/support is to set an adequate benchmark for safety in the UK, plus ensure that landlords are provided with the necessary equipment and guidance to avoid any unnecessary increases in rent, keeping the supply of rentable property healthy. This is a win-win situation for both landlords and tenants (as well as the fire safety in the country on a whole) – but this will subsequently result in harsher punishments for property owners who fail to comply with the new legislation, so it is now downright essential that properties are “kitted out” to the very highest of safety standards.
Precise Managed Services believe that the latest fire safety developments within the rentable property sector are a huge progressive step forward, and we fully support the government’s scheme for safer properties, admire the superb work carried out by the Chief Fire Officers Association to get the October deadline implemented, and would like to thank all those within the landlord community that have aided the progression of this important regulation. Statistics show that you are at least four times more likely to die in a fire if there’s no working smoke alarm. It is these statistics, particularly the 36 avoidable deaths per year, that we hope will be drastically reduced in 2016 by these new laws.
In short, the message from Precise is loud and clear; Landlords, let’s make UK rented property safety highly respected throughout the world! If you’re a property owner and you’d like a chat with us about your legal requirements relating to the new landlord fire alarm regulations, give us a call on 01527 503 333.
Jul 28th 2015
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