Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms in rented properties

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on the 1 October 2015.  They require landlords to install and check smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.  From this date private sector landlords are required:

  • to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties
  • to have a carbon monoxide alarm installed in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, woodburning stove)
  • to ensure that the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.


Where a local authority has reasonable grounds that a breach has occurred, they must serve a remedial notice in the first instance requiring the landlord to take action within 28 days.  Where the landlord still fails to carry out the works,  the local authority may obtain consent from the occupier to enter and install the necessary smoke or CO alarm as appropriate.  The local authority can also levy a civil penalty charge on the landlord of up to £5,000.

More information can be found in the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015 Q&A booklet for landlords and tenants.

Page owner: Paula Mackenzie. Last updated: 02/07/2020 09:27

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