Landlords - fire and carbon monoxide

Landlords have to ensure that the risk of fire in rented property is minimised.

It's a good idea as a landlord to carry out an annual safety check, even if it's not required to meet regulations. It provides you with an opportunity to inspect your premises. Recording an annual safety check on a change of tenancy or on an annual basis is enough evidence that you have taken appropriate measures. It is a legal requirement under the fire safety order to periodically review the fire risk assessment.

Smoke alarms

  • All properties built after June 1992 must have mains operated inter-connected smoke alarms fitted on every level of the property
  • Older properties should have ten year life battery operated smoke detectors on the ground and first floor

There is no compulsory requirement to provide fire extinguishers or fire blankets in single occupation properties, but it is a good idea - at least in the kitchen area.

If you do provide fire extinguishers, you must arrange for regular servicing - usually every 12 months.

If there is a complaint or incident, it may be enough if you can show evidence that you took all reasonable steps to avoid committing an offence. 

Carbon monoxide

Landlords have to provide a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in any room that has a solid fuel burning appliance in it. For tenancies that started after 1 October 2015, landlords have to check that the alarms are in working order on the day that the tenancy starts.
 
These duties were introduced by the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, and we have to make sure that landlords comply.
 
If we think that a landlord is not, we can serve a notice on them, and give them a penalty charge if they still do not comply. We publish a statement of principles that apply when deciding the amount of a penalty charge.