New Health and Safety Legislation for Residential Landlords

Under measures recently announced by the government, from the 1st October 2015 Landlords will be legally required to install working smoke alarms (and in some cases carbon monoxide alarms) in their properties on each storey of the premises on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation.
The government has stated that these regulations will help to prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year. This is part of wider changes to ensure there are sufficient measures in place to protect public safety. 

Local authorities have a duty to serve notice on a Landlord if there is a breach of the Regulations and can execute remedial action if necessary and also make a penalty charge of up to £5,000. Checks are to be made by or on behalf of the Landlord to ensure that each alarm is in proper working order on the day a tenancy begins if it is a new tenancy. Regular testing will be the tenant’s responsibility.

For further advice or assistance on Residential Tenancies or any Property  Law matters contact our Property  Law Experts Declan Hayes on 01756 692 888, or James Dunn on   01756 692 875

James Dunn
Property Team
Tel: 01756 692 875