News and Updates:
Private sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (eg a coal fire, wood burning stove). After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.
The requirements will be enforced by local authorities who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
For each new tenancy beginning on or after 1 October 2015, landlords must check that the required alarms are in working order on the first day of the tenancy.
The first day of the tenancy is the date stipulated in the tenancy agreement, even where the tenant decides to actually move into the property on a later date.
The intention of the regulations is to increase the safety of private sector tenants by ensuring that they have working alarms at the beginning of the tenancy.
The regulations do not stipulate the type of alarms (such as hard wired or battery powered) to be installed.
Landlords should make an informed decision and choose the best alarms for their properties and tenants.
This is an existing legal requirement that has received an increased amount of media coverage recently, suggesting it is a ‘new’ regulation. It is mandatory that all rental properties have a Legionella Risk Assessment.
The risk occurs in properties that may have stationary water - there may be old pipe work with static bends, properties with hot water cylinders and header tanks.
We are currently carrying out visual checks and ensuring all toilets are flushed at the start of each new tenancy. High risk properties will be subject to a formal risk assessment by a qualified technician.
Also as of 1 October 2015 new legislation comes into force making it unlawful for a landlord to provide a tenancy to anyone who has no legal right to be in the country; significant penalties will apply. These rules are in the Immigration Act 2014.
Our Lettings and Property Managment Department can be contacted on 01872 225664 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org