Smoke alarms to be made mandatory in rented homes

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Housing Minister Eddie Hughes MP has announced new rules that mean smoke alarms must be fitted in all rented accommodation.

The announcement will mean housing providers are required by law to install smoke alarms in all social housing, and carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in social and private rented properties with fixed appliances such as gas boilers or fires.

The regulation changes will also require:

  • carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted when new appliances such as gas boilers or fires are installed in any home
  • landlords and housing providers in social and private rented sectors to repair or replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once they are told they are faulty.

These reforms follow a commitment in the Social Housing White Paper published last year. The White Paper set out proposals for wide-ranging reforms of the social housing sector which will drive up standards, including giving tenants a clear way to raise concerns and providing the regulator with stronger powers to take enforcement action.

The cost of the new requirements to install and maintain alarms will fall to property owners, the government said.

“It is fundamentally right for people to feel safe in their own homes – an issue I’ve advocated for many years,” said Eddie Hughes MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing.

“Around 20 people are killed each year in accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and many more through house fires – but we know that simple interventions can stop these needless deaths.

“I’m proud that the new rules being proposed will ensure even more homes are fitted with life-saving alarms. Whether you own your home, are privately renting or in social housing – everyone deserves to feel safe and this is an incredibly important step in protecting those at risk.”

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