Fire Safety

What is the Fire Safety Regulation?

Fire Safety in rented accommodation comes from several different regulations including The Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015. This latest regulation states that a rented property must have at least 1 working Smoke Alarm on each floor. The property must also have a Carbon Monoxide Detector in any room with a hard fuel source (e.g. Wood or Coal). They must also be tested on the day the tenancy commences.

What do I need to do?

Smoke Alarms:

You must ensure a smoke detector is fitted on each floor (i.e. ground floor and first floor). A floor is defined by any level where the ceiling changes height or more than 1 step is present (if in doubt put another alarm in), you cannot have to many Smoke Alarm. Please Note: Heat Detectors are not a replacement for Smoke Alarms.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

Any room in the property with a hard fuel source (e.g. Wood or Coal) will require a Carbon Monoxide Detector. This includes Open Fires and Wood Burners even if they are not to be used (i.e. derelict open fire place) this is due to the possibility of them being used.

When do I need to test them?

Landlords are responsible to test and ensure the correct detectors and alarms are present and working on the first day of the tenancy (this must be done on the day the tenancy starts on the Tenancy Agreement). Some devices cannot be tested with a smoke spray but where possible this should be done as a simple button press only tests the battery and siren not the sensor. Similarly, Carbon Monoxide detectors need testing with a Carbon Monoxide Spray.

We offer a service to attend the property on the day of the tenancy commencing to test all the detectors with the correct sprays where possible, we will replace any batteries which need replacing. The cost of this is £50 (inc vat), whilst onsite if the detectors fail we will replace them at a cost of £25 (inc vat) each and retest to ensure compliance. Please Note: where a detector fails the tenants cannot begin the tenancy until this is resolved.

What if I don’t have Smoke Detectors or Carbon Monoxide Detectors?

Failure to have the correct alarms and detectors in place and working gives the local authority grounds to begin civil prosecution with a fine of up to £5000

 

For more information see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarms-explanatory-booklet-for-landlords/the-smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-alarm-england-regulations-2015-qa-booklet-for-the-private-rented-sector-landlords-and-tenants