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Time to get alarmed: smoke and carbon monoxide detectors required from today

As from 1 October, landlords of residential properties in the private rented sector must ensure that their properties are kitted out with working carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms.  Although the House of Lords was concerned that the legislation is poorly drafted and the changes have not been well publicised, the draft Regulations were approved and passed by Parliament.  Click here for the Regulations.  Failure to comply risks a £5,000 fine.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published two booklets containing guidance for local authorities, landlords and tenants on the new Regulations:

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms explanatory booklet for local authorities.

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms explanatory booklet for landlords.