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New carbon monoxide regulations
The Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Regulations have been amended.
From October 2022, landlords are required to ensure not only that there is a working smoke alarm on every storey where there is a room used as living accommodation but also that there is a working carbon monoxide alarm in any room which contains a fixed combustion appliance except for gas cookers. This includes gas boilers and gas fires.
There is a new requirement to ensure that when a tenant reports that an alarm may not be in proper working order, the landlord must investigate and if the alarm is not working it must be repaired or replaced as soon as reasonably practicable.
Electrical safety standards in the private rented sector regulations 2020
These regulations apply to all new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.
Landlords are required to:
- have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every five years, and
- provide a copy of the report to tenants, and to the council if requested to do so.
If the report requires any further investigative or remedial works, the landlord must:
- make sure the work is carried out within 28 days, and
- supply written confirmation that the work has been carried out, together with a copy of the original report, to each existing tenant and to the council within 28 days of completion of the work. These should be sent to the council by email to email@example.com
If the landlord is not able to gain access to the property to carry out the inspection and test, we recommend landlords document all attempts to do so and all correspondence with tenants.
- Environmental Health and Public Protection Enforcement Policy (pdf 378KB)
- Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy 2020 (pdf 235KB)
- Housing Act 2004 Financial Penalties (pdf 143KB)
- Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Regulations Financial Penalties (pdf 126KB)
- Energy Efficiency Regulations Financial Penalties (pdf 77KB)
- Electrical Safety Regulations Financial Penalties (pdf 80KB)
- Tenant Fees Act Financial Penalties (pdf 105KB)
- Effects of Financial Penalties and Appeals (pdf 63KB)