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Housing standards

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

From 1 October 2015 new Regulations require landlords in the private rented sector to ensure that a smoke alarm is equipped on every storey of their rented dwelling when occupied under a tenancy, and that a carbon monoxide alarm is equipped in any room which contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance. They also require landlords to ensure that such alarms are in proper working order at the start of a new tenancy.

A Question and Answer booklet for landlords and tenants is available from the Government.

Landlords who do not comply with the requirements are liable to a fixed penalty fine. The Council has issued a Statement of Principles with regard to setting penalties.

The Government also provides advice on basic fire safety and advice relating to shared or rented accommodation.