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Landlords to make tenants safer under new legislation

From 10 October 2015, Landlords will be required to install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in rental properties under new legislation proposed by the Conservative Government.    The measure has strong support after there was a consultation on the condition of rental properties in the private sector.

Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis said:

In 1988 just 8% of homes had a smoke alarm installed – now it’s over 90%.   The vast majority of landlords offer a good service and have installed smoke alarms in their homes, but I’m changing the law to ensure every tenant can be given this important protection.   But with working smoke alarms providing the vital seconds needed to escape a fire, I urge all tenants to make sure they regularly test their alarms to ensure they work when it counts. Testing regularly remains the tenant’s responsibility.”

Communities Minister Stephen Williams said:

“We’re determined to create a bigger, better and safer private rented sector – a key part of that is to ensure the safety of tenants with fire prevention and carbon monoxide warning.

People are at least 4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there’s no working smoke alarm.

That’s why we are proposing changes to the law that would require landlords to install working smoke alarms in their properties so tenants can give their families and those they care about a better chance of escaping a fire.”

For further information please go to the Government Website.  My Plumber has offers on fitting smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms as long as they are fitted at the same time as the Landlords Gas Safety Certificate.  The cost will be £45+VAT for a unit which is a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm.  Fitting will be free.

My Plumber can provide Landlord Gas Safety Certificates and gas safety checks.

Landlords to make tenants safer under new legislation

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