New Regulations drafted state, that all rented properties in England must provide a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms used as living accommodation where there is a fixed combustion appliance, such as gas heaters and boilers, from the beginning of October 2022.
The new draft rules amend the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 where previously the requirement only applied to solid fuel combustion appliances, such as wood burners. The rules will, however, not extend to gas cookers.
The amended rules (Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022) include a new requirement to ensure when a tenant reports to the landlord or letting agent that an alarm may not be in proper working order, the alarm must be repaired or replaced, a tenant is still expected to change and replace batteries when needed however. Please report any concerns to your Agent.
For further information contact: -
ROBERT BELL AND COMPANY LETTINGS DEPARTMENT
Horncastle 01507 522222 option 2, or Lincoln 01522 538888 option 2.
How to Test Your Smoke Detector
Smoke detectors require little maintenance, but that maintenance could be life-saving. Although there are several makes and models that you might have, you can test their effectiveness:-
[Rectangle: Rounded Corners: Most smoke alarms will have a test button that can be employed here. Carefully reach up and push it using a broom handle if necessary. The alarm should go off. If you don’t hear anything, it means the battery is dead. Check if hard wired the light is green not red.]
General smoke alarm maintenance
• Clean dust away wherever necessary.
• Never remove the battery to use in something else because you may forget to replace it.
• Replace the battery on an annual basis even if it is still working.
• Replace the alarm every ten years or so – discuss with your agent.
...Notify your agent if you suspect there is something wrong with the alarm...