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The Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 will come into force on 1 October 22

New Regulations drafted state, that all rented properties in England must provide a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms used as living accommodation where there is a fixed combustion appliance, such as gas heaters and boilers, from the beginning of October 2022.




The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 will come into force on 1st October 2022. From that date, all relevant landlords must:


Ensure at least one smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of their homes where there is a room used as living accommodation. This has been a legal requirement in the private rented sector since 2015.


Ensure a carbon monoxide alarm is equipped in any room used as living accommodation which contains a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers).


Ensure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are repaired or replaced once informed and found that they are faulty.


The requirements are enforced by local authorities who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 if a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice.


These Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2022 regulations should be considered alongside other relevant laws on fire and carbon monoxide safety in rented homes such as the Housing Act 2004, the Fire Safety Act 2021 and the Building Safety Act 2022.


It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that they are applying the relevant laws correctly.


If, after reading this, you are not clear whether or how the requirements apply in your circumstances you should seek legal advice.

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