Mandatory Smoke Alarms

October date for mandatory smoke alarms

Letting Agent Today informs us that the government has confirmed that letting agents and landlords will be required by law to install smoke and catbon monoxide alarms in their properties from October. The move will help prevent deaths and injuries.There were 36 deaths and 1,375 injuries in the last year. The requirement to fit alarms comes with strong support after consultation across the private rented sector. In 1988, just 8% of homes had a smoke alarm installed but now, even before the mandatory private rental sector measure, it is over 90% according to government.

"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" said Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis. Official data shows that people are at least four times more likely to die in a fire in the home, if there's no working smoke alarm.

Jane Willows
Lettings Manager
Horncastle Office 
Tel: 01507 522222
Twitter: @robertbellandco


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