Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in rented properties

Published Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Private sector landlords must install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms from 1 October 2015.

From October 2015 the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 requires most private sector landlords, to:
  • install a smoke alarm on every floor of their property
  • install a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms of their properties which use or burn solid fuels
  • check that alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy

Tenants are responsible for testing and ensuring alarms are working during the course of any tenancy, and if found to be faulty or not working for any reason to liaise with their landlord to ensure this is addressed.

These regulations relate to most privately rented property with some minor exemptions that are in some cases covered by other legislation.

Private sector landlords could be fined up to £5,000 by local councils if they fail to meet the new regulations.

Further information

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 Q&A Booklet for the Private Rented Sector – landlords and tenants