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Today I will be going over the imminent smoke and carbon monoxide alarm regulations coming into effect on 1 October 2015. New regulations on Section 21s will follow.

There was some hope that the Government would delay rolling out these new regs till January due to the lack of time to prepare, unfortunately they decided to go ahead.

In short, from 1 October 2015:

  1. All residential properties MUST have a working smoke alarm on each floor of a property being used as ‘living accommodation’. My interpretation of that would be any floor which includes a room that is used as part of the Tenancy. EG: a shower room or toilet on it’s own floor or possibly an attic to be included (better safe than sorry).
  2. Install a carbon monoxide alarm in every room being used as living accommodation where solid fuel is being used (coal, wood).

Points of Note:

Does not apply to:

Penalties (hooray!):

The Regulations & Guidance:

Is there any good news?


And yes, you are probably thinking the same thing as me -“Beeping hell”!


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