The government has passed new regulations making it compulsory for landlords to fit smoke alarms in rented homes.
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (England) Regulations 2015, will come into force on 1st October. The laws require private landlords to have a working smoke alarm on each floor of their property and a carbon monoxide detector in properties that burn solid fuel.
Chief Fire Officers Association home safety committee chair Mark Cashin said ‘I am delighted that the government recognised the strength of the case we put forward and the major improvements in public safety this simple step will bring about.
‘While death and injuries from fires have reduced considerably in recent years, the majority of victims continue to be those who are most vulnerable, often living in private rented accommodation.
‘This change will improve the safety of families and stop dozens of people from losing their lives to fire each year. The cost to landlords is small, with a ten year sealed alarm costing around £15.’