Feb 09

Smoke Detectors and CO Alarms

These are now mandatory in every rental property in England:

  • Smoke Detectors – required to be installed on every floor in the hallway, landing or corridor, even if these areas only lead to a bathroom as this is classed as a habitable area.
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms – these need to be installed in every room where there is a solid fuel burning appliance, such as a coal burning stove or wood burning fire.
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Alarms – The regulations do not (yet) cover the installation of these which would protect tenants from the dangers of common fuels such as gas and oil.

The English regulations state that the alarms must be tested at the start of every tenancy. In Scotland the rules state that they must be powered by a battery that will last the life of the alarm (5-7 years) but they do not have to be tested for each tenancy.