New landlord law for smoke alarms?
Commenting, CFOA President Paul Fuller said: “Although the current voluntary system of installing smoke alarms has had some success, a regulated system with significant penalties for landlords would build upon this, and ensure rogue landlords feel compelled to install and periodically check smoke alarms and protect their tenants.
“Early research currently being undertaken by the University of Manchester has suggested that two thirds (62%) of fire deaths that occur in private rented housing did not have a working smoke alarm. A smoke alarm with a ten-year battery is available on the high street for between £14.99 and £19.99, equivalent to just £1.99 a week, and should not be a significant burden or cost for landlords or the broader private rented sector.
“CFOA stands ready to support the government in establishing the most practical means of delivering this policy including supporting the DCLG and its officials to undertake a comprehensive impact assessment.”
As the law currently stands, it is only compulsory for landlords of houses in multiple occupation to fit smoke alarms. However, Fenn Wright supports the existing government advice to landlords and tenants, and recommends battery operated smoke alarms are fitted and checked regularly in all rental properties.
Information about current landlord and tenant legal obligations can be found here.
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