Landlords urged to act ahead of new fire safety laws

It was announced on 11 March 2015 that new legislation will come into force on 1 October 2015 that will affect private landlords of properties in England. This date is now fast approaching.

Private landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties. This is already a legal requirement in Scotland.

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted on every floor of the property. Landlords must also check that they are working at the start of every new tenancy.

Failure to comply with these new laws could see landlords hit with fines of up to £5,000.

Tenos Director Dominic Vallely said, “Landlords have a duty of care to their tenants to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.”

“We urge those landlords who need to take action to comply with the new laws to act now to fit smoke and carbon monoxide alarms where necessary to avoid fines or worse still injuries or fatalities to their tenants,” he adds.

It is expected that this new law will help to prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries each year in privately let properties across England.

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Dominic retired as a director in June 2016, should you have any queries regarding this article please contact Geoff Marlow on 0161 872 6798.