Carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in all homes with gas boilers

All homes with a gas boiler or fire must be fitted with a carbon monoxide alarm, in new rules unveiled by the government.

Landlords, both private and social, are required to repair or replace smoke or carbon monoxide alarms after being told they’re faulty.

The property owners have been told it’s their responsibility to install and maintain the alarms.

Eddie Hughes MP, minister for rough sleeping and housing, said: “It is fundamentally right for people to feel safe in their own homes – an issue I’ve advocated for many years.

“Around 20 people are killed each year in accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and many more through house fires – but we know that simple interventions can stop these needless deaths.

“I’m proud that the new rules being proposed will ensure even more homes are fitted with life-saving alarms. Whether you own your home, are privately renting or in social housing – everyone deserves to feel safe and this is an incredibly important step in protecting those at risk.”

The announcement comes from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

The reforms are being made after a two month consultation period, while they will form part of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

Timothy Douglas, policy manager at Propertymark, said: “Today’s announcement from the UK government on revisions to the smoke and carbon monoxide detector regulations are both welcome and necessary to improve tenant safety.

“Tenants should feel confident that appropriate fire and gas safety measures are in place, but in order for landlords to be able to make necessary checks they need to be given flexibility and greater clarity. The current requirement for alarms to be tested on the first day of a tenancy is impractical for many agents and landlords, and more workable measures are needed.

“Private landlords have been required since 2015 to provide working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors where applicable in rented property, and the extension of the regulations to encompass gas boilers is a sensible amendment.

“Propertymark has long called for tenants to receive the same level of protection, irrespective of tenure, and these changes go some way to rectifying that.”

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