Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations

Under The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, we are required to publish a Statement of Principles to ensure landlords are aware of the manner in which a civil penalty under these regulations will be calculated.

Statement of Principles

We've determined that the following principles will be followed:

Financial penalties

Penalty

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 £5000 reducing by 25% if paid within 14 days of demand for non-compliance of the remedial notice

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on the 1 October 2015.

The regulations require a “relevant landlord” of a “specified tenancy” of residential premises to ensure that when the premises are occupied under the tenancy:

  • A smoke alarm is installed on each storey of the premises on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation;
  • A carbon monoxide alarm is installed in any room which is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion  appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove)

The landlord must ensure the alarms are in proper working order at the start of any new tenancy.

If the local authority is satisfied that a landlord has breached the regulations and has failed to comply with a remedial notice then the authority must arrange for remedial action to be taken. The Council can then impose a civil penalty as determined in the table above.

For more information

See GOV.UK - Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for separate general guidance on the requirement of the regulations.

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