| Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations will now become law on 1 October 2015 meaning that all properties in England – whether existing tenancies or new tenancies – will need to comply with the regulations by Thursday 1 October 2015.
If local authorities are notified that a property is not compliant, the landlord will be issued with a remedial notice which will allow them 28 days to comply.
The regulations – which were rejected by the House of Lords last week – were debated in a session in the House of Lords on Monday 14 September and approved in a delegated legislation committee, resulting in enforcement in England from 1 October.
While supporting the principle that all tenants should benefit from working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms ARLA (with its members) has worked with members of both Houses to campaign for a practical lead-in schedule for the regulations.
During the House of Lords debate Lord Marlesford quoted ARLA’s correspondence with Housing Minister Brandon Lewis MP:
“The Association of Residential Letting Agents, responsible for 1.42 million properties, states: ‘It is not possible to undertake this amount of work before the regulations come into force’, and that, ‘all existing tenancies should be allowed to have until 1 January 2016 to comply’ “.
However, this has been ignored. ARLA Managing Director, David Cox said:
“Whilst ARLA is entirely supportive of the aims of the regulations, we remain concerned that the Government has ignored calls from across the Private Rented Sector to reconsider the timeframe for its implementation.”
With this in mind, Boxall Brown and Jones Lettings Department will now arrange for all Fully Managed properties which have wood burners, open fires (solid fuel appliances etc) to have a carbon monoxide detector installed as a priority. The same will be applied to any properties without any form of smoke detectors.
FOR FULLY MANAGED LANDLORDS
Please can you contact the office with your instructions if you believe your property has got to be compliant as a priority and whether you will source the appropriate detectors or whether you are happy for us to proceed with our tradesman.
Should we not receive any contact from you by Friday 25th September 2015, we will automatically instruct our tradesman
We will check back on the house visit reports BEFORE proceeding with the instruction.
If you have any questions or queries, please contact me.