LETTINGS NEWS: Deadline looms for smoke and carbon monoxide rental alarms


Over two thirds of landlords have yet to fit carbon monoxide alarms – even though it will be law to do so from October 1 if their properties burn solid fuels.

The finding comes from a survey by the Axa insurance firm, which also says 54 per cent of landlords have yet to fit smoke alarms – these are also mandatory by law from October 1 and must be installed on each floor of a property to let.

Landlords or their letting agents must check the alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy with potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they don’t comply.

Further information is available from East of Exe or from the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 0502 999.


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