Smoke and Carbon Alarm Testing

From October 1 landlords in England will be required to install smoke detectors on every floor of their property where someone is living or partially living as well as install Carbon Monoxide alarms in any room within a rented property where there is a solid fuel-burning appliance, this includes open fires and wood burners.  Both of these alarms must be tested at the start of every tenancy beginning on or after October 1 and any landlord who doesn’t comply with the new legislation could be hit with a fine of up to £5,000. This checking requirement, however, does not apply to renewed or statutory periodic tenancies.

Confusion for some landlords has arisen on this as they concerned that this will incur an extra cost having to employ a tradesman to check these devices.  Patricia Barber, Chair of the AIIC, says that AIIC independent inventory clerks should be able to carry out these checks at the outset of a tenancy if required: “As part of an inventory compilation or check in procedure at the beginning of the tenancy, an AIIC independent inventory clerk will be able to check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms for power where possible and report back any problems found … (thus putting) some property professionals’ minds at ease”

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