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Notice to Landlords

Changes in legislation for Landlords

New legislation  came into force on the 1st October 2015 for Private Landlords in England regarding smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms


This legislation has been passed

through Parliament in October 2015




Landlords must fit a smoke alarm on every level of their property  


Landlords must fit a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm in every room with a solid fuel burning appliance

( coal fire or such like open fires / burning stoves or similar items which burn solid fuels )


Alarms must be tested and working on the start of each tenancy


Penalties of up to £5,000 for those that flaunt the rule. It is outlined that the relevant Local Authority will enforce



It should be noted that


 There is no grace period


  The regulations do not stipulate the type of alarm to be installed however 

‘Landlords  should make an informed decision and choose the best alarms for their properties and tenant’.


  Although the legislation refers only to solid fuel burning appliances in relation to CO alarms

 

"we would expect and encourage reputable landlords to ensure that working carbon monoxide alarms are listed in rooms that have solid fuel burning items or at least 1 Co2 alarm within the property "




Best Practice


Smoke alarms are life saving devices and each have their own British Standard (BS 5839-6:2013) that will tell you where to put the alarms.

Building Regs, Local Authorities, HMO Licences and Installers fit to these Standards, and  recommends that landlords also fit to these Standards.

 

CO alarms are life saving devices and each have their own British Standard (BS EN 50292:2013) that will tell you where to put the alarms. Building Regs, Local Authorities, HMO Licences and Installers fit to these Standards, and good practice  recommends that landlords also fit to these Standards.


Notice to Tenants

While it is the Landlords responsibility to fit both types of alarms in suitable areas as directed it is the tenants responsibility to ensure they are all checked on a regular basis to ensure function, should they not be functioning this should be reported immediately to your landlord or managing  agent. It is likely that in the event of alarms not being present at the end of the check out that charges will / can be made as replacement costs & fittings.


Notice to Landlords

Blind & Cord Regulations 


Brief Guide to 2014 Blind Safety Regulations 

New regulations now in force require that all operating cords that form a loop must be made child safe. According to Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (www.rospa.com) 

29 children have been strangled by blind cords in recent years. 

Blinds in all properties should now be child safe. New blinds will be either safe by design, have in built safety systems or be supplied with separate safety systems. Limitations are now placed on cord lengths and safety devices will prevent cords/chains from forming a hazardous loop. 

Blinds already fitted must also comply. Blind cords should be secured at least 1.5 meters from the floor. 

The cord should be fixed in a taut position. 

There are a number of safety devices available that are cheap and easy to fix. 

• Something simple such as a cleat hook, 

fixed to the wall, 

can enable to cord to be secured out of reach.

 • Chain break connector – many blinds already have these as part of the pulley controls. 

These break apart when pressure is applied but can be snapped back together each time. 

These can easily be fitted in a couple of minutes. 

• Cord/chain tidy - these can be fixed to the wall so that the cord is taut, 

high enough to be out of a child’s reach. 

For more information on blind cord safety and pictures/video of various safety devices go to the British Blind and Shutter Association website www.bbsa.org.uk

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