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Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide Monitors - New Legislation For Private Landlords

In addition to EPCs, Gas Safety Certificates, PAT Tests, furniture, furnishings and electrical safety, we always recommend that you install smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide monitors (where necessary) in your rented property - but it’s never been a legal requirement in England and Wales; until this coming Autumn. From the 1st October 2015 onwards both social and private rented sector landlords will need to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property, testing them at the start of each new tenancy. The new legislation aims to prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year due to household fires, however testing the alarm throughout the tenancy will remain the tenant's responsibility.

It’s also of paramount importance that escape routes are accessible by your tenants at all times, as well as fully functioning fire extinguishers present in HMO’s (Houses in Multiple Occupation).

We at Brighton Homes, have always show the tenants the fire escape routes during the  inventory check in process & further carried out the yearly task of testing the smoke alarms and
Replacing the batteries.

Our aim is to protect our landlords against all possible civil and criminal proceedings. If you are a landlord currently letting out your property with a letting agent, the questions that you need to ask are,
1) were you  notified of this new legislation in time

2) Has the letting agent made you aware of the added cost in order to get these installed

3) Have they come up with an action plan on when and how this is going to be implemented at your property.

If this is not the case, perhaps its time you found an agent who dose really look after and protects you and your investment. Call 01273 672 333 or email: