All properties must have new alarms installed which confirm to British Standards, and repair existing alarms accordingly. The new requirements come into force on 1 October 2022. Landlords are expected to be compliant with the regulations from that date.
From 1 October 2022, landlords must continue to ensure that a working smoke alarm is fitted on every floor of their property where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation, as part of their fire safety precautions. From 1 October 2022, landlords must install a carbon monoxide alarm in all rooms that are used as living accommodation which contain a fixed combustion appliance such as gas boilers but excluding any room where there is only a gas cooker.
Landlords must also be able to demonstrate that alarms were working at the start of a tenancy. For example, by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds. It is advisable to ask the tenant to sign a receipt confirming the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working or ensure they are in the inventory at check-in which is signed by the tenant. A new tenancy is a tenancy agreement that begins on or after 1 October 2022 and is not a renewal of a previous tenancy agreement.
Guidance is available to further support you in preparing for the changes. They are not an authoritative interpretation of the law but intended as a general guide to help you understand and comply with the Regulations.