Housing conditions and rights for tenants

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in private rented property

New legislation will come into force on the 1 October 2015 that concerns landlords of residential premises.

Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties in England.

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning can seriously affect your health, and in some cases even cause death. Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur when cooking and heating appliances which burn carbon-containing fuels are poorly maintained and poorly ventilated.

To ensure your carbon- burning appliances remain safe to use you should have them serviced annually and consider fitting an audible carbon monoxide alarm.

Do not use a gas cooker or oven to heat your home – this is both ineffective and high risk!

For more information about carbon monoxide safety please visit the Health and Safety Executive website (link opens in new window).

For general health advice and information on how to find a registered engineer, visit the NHS Carbon Monoxide page (link opens in new window).

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