Landlords' duties—smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, gas and electrical safety
Landlords' duties—smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, gas and electrical safety

The following Property guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Landlords' duties—smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, gas and electrical safety
  • Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Who is responsible?
  • When do the regulations apply?
  • Smoke alarms
  • Carbon monoxide alarms
  • Checking the alarms
  • Houses in multiple occupation
  • Unlicensed HMOs
  • Licensed HMOs
  • more

This Practice Note covers various duties imposed on private sector landlords which are aimed at increasing safety standards in private sector tenancies. It covers the requirements of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, SI 2015/1693, the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSR 1998), SI 1998/2451( as amended by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (GSR 2018) SI 2018/139) and the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/312.

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Under the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, SI 2015/1693 (the Regulations), private rented sector landlords have a duty to ensure that, in respect of premises used wholly or partly as living accommodation, there is:

  1. at least one smoke alarm on each storey, and

  2. a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance

The Regulations apply in England only. The Regulations were in force from, and landlords must be compliant from, 1 October 2015.

The purpose of the Regulations is to ensure that private sector tenants receive a similar level of protection as owner-occupiers and occupants of other categories of accommodation.

There is no requirement for a private sector landlord of domestic property in Wales to provide smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors.

When it comes into force, the Renting Homes