G Morley Electrical Services are trained in-depth by Aico to recommend and install their Smoke, Heat and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms. We underwent an intense training course at Middlesbrough Football Club Riverside Stadium.

New legislation came into force on the 1st October 2015 for Private Landlords in England regarding smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms.

Here is a summary of the legislation, passed through Parliament in September 2015:

–   Landlords must fit a smoke alarm on every storey
–   Landlords must fit a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm in every room with a solid fuel burning appliance
–   Alarms must be tested and working on the start of each tenancy
–   Penalties of up to £5,000 for those that flaunt the rule. It is outlined that the relevant Local Authority will enforce

It should be noted that:
–   There is no grace period
–   The regulations do not stipulate the type of alarm to be installed however the Q&A booklet states:
‘Landlords   should make an informed decision and choose the best alarms for their properties and tenant’.

Although the legislation refers only to solid fuel burning appliances in relation to CO alarms, the Q&A booklet states in relation to gas appliances that:

’we would expect and encourage reputable landlords to ensure that working carbon monoxide alarms are installed in rooms with these [gas appliances].’

Best Practice

Smoke alarms are life saving devices and each have their own British Standard (BS 5839-6:2013) that will tell you where to put the alarms. Building Regs, Local Authorities, HMO Licences and Installers fit to these Standards, and Aico recommends that landlords also fit to these Standards.

Where to fit:

Aico recommend to ­fit to a LD2 (Medium Protection) level, but a risk assessment should be done by the landlord to determine the level of coverage required for their tenant.

New regulations were announced that make it compulsory for landlords to fit working alarms for detecting fire and carbon monoxide in their rental properties. The measures came into force in October 2015. Landlords who don’t comply could be faced with fines of up to £5,000.