Legislation and regulations in the lettings market are changing all the time and our landlords rely on us to keep them compliant and up to date. So, welcome to our regular section where we keep you informed of recent changes in legislation and the rules that affect landlords of rented properties.
For example, you may be aware that The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 are now in force. Private sector landlords are now required to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties. A "storey" includes entrance halls and can also include half-landings.
Landlords are also required to have a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing solid fuel burning appliances (e.g. an open fire or a wood burning stove).
Furthermore, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy. There can be significant financial penalties for non-compliance.
Landlords must check that the required alarms are in working order on the first day of the tenancy. This day is defined as the date stipulated on the tenancy agreement even when the tenant decides to move into the property at a later date. In order to prove that the alarms have been checked, we include this fact on the inventory check-in report, signed at the commencement of the term.
There is a further check - some smoke alarms have an "expiry/replace by" date on them. Therefore, do ensure that your alarms remain compliant throughout the life of the tenancy.
Whilst it is the landlord's responsibility to comply with all of the latest regulations, we're on hand to help you with any legislative advice as things do change so please telephone us for help. If you would rather we just got on with it, then we can offer a fully managed service to make life easier for you.